Regular viewers will remember my new love of interchangeable knitting needles. Although I adore them, I have a tendency to frequently drop the little cable key you need to attach the needles to the cables. On Ravelry I saw someone use a beaded charm to help locate them, brilliant idea! So I’ve added my own twist to the project by adding a bell (so you notice when you drop it, and can find it in the depths of a knitting bag, and also adding a lobster clasp to make it easy to change the design of charm, if you wish to.
You Will Need
- 1 cable key from interchangeable needles
- 1 set of basic jewellery making tools as shown in picture: (1) Chain nose pliers, (2) Side cutter pliers, (3)Round nose pliers.
- 1 small bell (optional but will help you find they key if its hiding) (no: 4 in picture)
- a selection of beads of you choice. (no: 5 in picture)
- 1 eye pin. (no: 6 in picture)
- 1 lobster clasp (optional but this gives you a simple way to change your charms at will) (no: 7 in picture)
- 2 small jump rings. (no: 8 in picture)
- Bead mat (not essential but VERY helpful, unless you enjoy playing tag with your beads :) )
The picture shows the order beads etc are added to the project:
- Open one of the jump rings. Onto this ring; place the bell and the eye of the eye pin. Close the jump ring.
- Thread a selection of beads on to your eye pin. Leave about 1cm of pin without any beads, or trim the eye pin back to leave 1cm of exposed wire, if you have used smaller beads.
- Form a loop with the remaining eye pin wire. Do this by using round nose pliers to bend the remaining eye pin wire to 90 degrees to the line of beads. Place your round nose pliers at the very end of the wire and gradually curl the wire by rotating the pliers until you have formed a loop. Make sure you completely close the loop to prevent the piece coming apart.
- Open the second jump ring. Drop the loop you just formed on the end of the eye pin onto the jump ring. Drop the loop on the lobster clasp onto the same jump ring. Close the jump ring, ensuring that it is completely closed so nothing will fall off.
You can now use the lobster clasp to attach the charm to the cable key. With the little bell you will now hear if you drop your key, or by shaking the bag, discover if its hiding at the bottom of your knitting bag :)
If you find it awkward to use the key with the charm in place, by having the lobster clap on there, its easy to remove while you attach needles to a cable. Remember to put the charm back on afterwards tho, or it will get you playing hide n seek again!
Make a collection of these charms with different beads, and you can change them at will. The charms can also be attached to small key ring loops to create stitch markers, though I’d leave off the bell or it will probably drive you and those around you to go nuts every time you knit ;)
New to beading? Here are a selection of videos from Beaders Companion, for how to achieve some of the techniques mentioned in the tutorial above.
- Opening/closing a jump ring
- Forming a loop
- Original post of Ravelry that inspired me to create this project.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give these charms a go. I’d love to see your results.
Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon