I’ve wanted to try to make my own crochet needle for quite sometime. I did some wood & soap carving in secondary school & also some eraser carving recently. So I thought why not carving a bit for my crochet work for a change.
You can find a few tutorials online on it but I try to improvise whichever is easier for me. I’ve used plain bamboo chopstick which is cheap & available in any store in Malaysia (bought one big packet for a few ringgits only), blade, sand paper & a bit of bee wax.
Here’s some photos of my handmade crochet hooks & some the materials that I’ve used to make them:
- Draw with a pencil roughly the shape of the hook compare with your favorite one.
- Use a sharpener to sharpen the end of the stick & cut the sharp end of the stick. (This is easier way compare to use a blade to carve the rounded hook head)
- Carefully carve out the unwanted section with a blade (This might be the hard & tricky part if you are not use to carving, I did throw away some sticks after some fail attempts. Really be careful when you are handling the blade. Start a new stick if you make mistake, you may need to get use to carving it).
- After you are satisfied with the your carved hook, sand it with a fine waterproof sand paper until all the hook surface are smooth.
- For the finishing, use some bee wax balsam to make the hook shine & smooth. (you just need a bit for your handmade hook, but you can use this for your other bamboo hooks or needle available to care it)
Now you are ready to admire your master piece, get hook & enjoy! =)