Weekly Rec – Handi Tools are Pretty Handy

using a Handi Tool to fix knitting

I love my Handi Tool. I didn’t always but I do now. I use it all the time. I know several ways to fix boo-boos in knitting but I prefer to use my Handi Tool. Its faster, easier, and requires very little brain power. Let me try and talk you into getting one.

I first came across the Susan Bates Silvalune Handi Tool in the hands of another knitting instructor. She loved it. She wanted me to love it. She tried to convince me to get one.

“But I already have a little crochet hook. I have a whole mess of them actually,” I argued.

“This has a point on the opposite end,” she told me.

“I have a whole mess of sticks with pointy ends too. I’m a knitter.”

“But its Handi!” she tried again, giving me a big bright smile.

“Pass,” I told her.

A week later I bought one. (Wipe that grin off your face.) I like to buy crafty notions and accessories and these Handi Tools are dirt cheap. So I bought one just to have it. A week later I bought another. Then I bought a third.

Susan Bates Silvalume Handi Tool

I know.

I didn’t really need the first one and I certainly didn’t need a third. I know that. But they are handy. They are exactly the right size to fit in your hand. The pointy end is perfect for tugging stitches into shape and for grabbing a loose stitch. The hook is a nice size for picking up stitches in most yarn weights. Its feels very natural when I use this tool. But they are little and so I worry about loosing it. Which is why I have a back up Handi Tool. And a back-up for the back-up.

The hook seems equivalent to a US size C (2.75 mm) and the point seems to be a US size 2.5 (3 mm). They retail for less than $2. They come in all sorts of colors. And they can do this.

gif showing how to use a handi Tool to fix knitting

Did I talk you into it? In addition to fixing your knitting they are:

  • good emergency cable needles
  • a life saver when you have a really short tail to weave in
  • a decent makeshift shawl pin
  • helpful with those rubber band looms (or so I’m told)

Knit Picks sells something similar for almost as cheap. Its the Emergency Fix Key Chain. Its a little double ended hook on a key chain.

Emergency Fix Key chain from Knit Picks

I’m sure those work just fine and they would be much easier to keep track of, but I prefer the Handi Tool. I like being able to flip from pointy to hooky end.


11 thoughts on “Weekly Rec – Handi Tools are Pretty Handy

  1. I don’t know if I could manage without mine now! I have one of each, and love, love, love them. I keep one in my scissor/needle case, and one attached to my knitting tote. The one with the pointed end is my favorite, too. The only part of your article with which I must disagree is your statement, “I didn’t really need the first one and I certainly didn’t need a third.” You must certainly DID need one – or two – or three; everyone does.
    Mine is also very useful for those times I need to frog some crochet stitches after I have fastened off and woven in the ends. The pointed end is perfect for digging out that tiny bit where it is fastened!

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