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[Knitting] Solution: How to cover handles of (jewellery) pliers

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Post time: 2020-9-20 04:47
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Edited by anniekins at 2020-9-24 12:07

A few days ago I asked if any of us had an idea how to cover the handles of jewellery pliers.
As I was getting more and more allergic to the plastic covers everyday.
Many of you gave a possible solution. Even medical.
That felt so very good as I was getting a bit hopeless...

So the plastic didn't want to come off.  The factory melted / dipped the plastic fully around the thin handle.
Thank you everyone who came up with possible solutions on this.
Some of you really thougth outside the box!

Here is the end result of some trial & error.
The best solution for me is to cover the handles up with a piece of cotton knitted fabric.
The first piece is finding out the right measurements. But after that it's a piece of cake

The first idea was to knit a piece using a French Knitter with 6 pins.
See picture: That result was not as good as knitting a piece on 2 standard needles.

The knitted piece: Needles 2,5 mm. Cast on 19 stitches. Knit pearl or whatever for 13 rows. Cast off.
See photo.

And voilá, you sew it onto the handles with a few simple stitches. And then the pliers look like new.
Ah well in my case the pliers look like a bunch of yellow bananas!
But the cotton grip is a fantastic feeling.
Even without the allergy I should have done this a long time ago: the grip is better and feels more 'organic'.
And the look of that yellow color is fun too and fits the colours of my studio now.

Hope you enjoyed my little report.
Thanks again for all your great ideas & suggestions!!!


This knitting stitch is called 'Moss stitch' (Dutch: gerstekorrelsteek).

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Post time: 2020-9-20 04:59
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They look great!  Glad you found a solution!
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Post time: 2020-9-20 05:05
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They look cute! Do you find they slip or move around when you use the pliers?

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P.s The fit must be exactly thight. I found out that with the sewing on every looseness can be corrected easily. The first one is trying out a bit. The rest goes very fast then.  Post time 2020-9-20 05:15
Good question: this would slip indeed on bare metal. But in this case the plastic + the snug fitted sewing on makes it stay perfectly. Even when using the pliers with force. Didn't expect that outcome   Post time 2020-9-20 05:10
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Post time: 2020-9-20 06:11
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Wow great solution, so you can do it! Great job!

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Hihihi chocolat... it makes everyting a lot easier... I love eating that too....  Post time 2020-9-21 05:42
Haha, can do it. But it took some pressure & lots of chocolate power! :o)  Post time 2020-9-20 20:24
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Post time: 2020-9-20 06:49
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Very nice                             
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Post time: 2020-9-20 19:02
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Nice solution and very Nice colour!
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Post time: 2020-9-24 00:42
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What a great idea! I'll have to try this.

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Good luck! It was fun and easy to do and it stays in place too in my type of pliers. Tip: Sew the seem by hand from bottom to top + on the inside of each handle.  Post time 2020-9-24 00:46
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Post time: 2020-10-20 19:34
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Very nice

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Post time: 2020-12-24 22:51
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Хорошая идея! Спасибо за совет!
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Post time: 2020-12-28 03:33
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Great idea I never thought of doing this.
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