How to create knitting yarn clips with Sugru

Here's an easy way to improve the function of your knitting basket or container. Mould a Sugru hoop onto the edge of the basket. It will prevent your wool from bouncing away when tugged, and stop your yarn getting in a tangle. You can easily clip the wool in and out when you want to remove your knitting. 

Kit

  • A single-use pack of Sugru (makes two clips)
  • A basket, bowl or container for your knitting
  • Scalpel
  • Toothpick
  • Pen
  • Tissue paper

Step 1

Sugru applied to basket

Tear off about half a single-use pack of Sugru and knead it between your fingers for a few seconds. Mould this into a chunky rectangle between your fingers. Press this against the inside edge of the basket, overlapping the top lip slightly. Press down repeatedly to ensure the Sugru creates a strong bond to the material. Pinch this between your fingers to raise the middle section. The side profile should look like a V- or Y-shape.

Step 2

toothpick pushed through Sugru

Direct the toothpick diagonally down towards the centre of your basket. Press it gently through the Sugru, supporting the back of the Sugru clip with your finger. Rotate the toothpick to make the hole larger and smooth out the inside surface. Repeat this circling process from the other end of the hole, ensuring the yarn has a smooth tube to slip through from both ends.

Step 3

pen pushed through hole in Sugru

Smooth down the surface of the clip with your fingers to remove any fingerprints. Roll the cone at the top of the pen at the opening of the hole. This just ensures your yarn has a smooth path to travel through.

Step 4

set Sugru cut with scalpel

After 12-24 hours, the Sugru will set into a flexible silicone rubber. To create the slit and be able to clip the wool in and out easily, use the scalpel to cut from the centre of the top through to the hole.

Step 5

Sugru clip on basket

Now make two more cuts, so the slit turns into a V-shape. Diagonally slide the scalpel through the set Sugru to the bottom of the slit. This will allow yarn into the hole but prevent it from slipping out.

Step 6

yarn fed through Sugru clip

The Sugru clip is now finished making it so easy to clip wool in and out and no losing those great balls of yarn.

Sugru comes in 10 colours, so you can even colour-code your yarn grips to match the wool. Make it work, make it special, make it your own. Because you know what they say: 10 rows a day keeps all sorts at bay.