Knitting needle cap

A knitting needle cap, also known as a point protector,[1] is a cover placed on the tip of a knitting needle that is being used for a project that is resting. The cap prevents stitches from coming off the ends of needles. Before it became common for straight needles to have a cap at one end, pairs of "needle guards" made of wood or cork and linked with a spring or leather strip, were used to stop stitches slipping off the needles while not in use.[2]

There are knitting needle caps for both one and two needles. Those made for one needle look similar to erasers that are attached to the ends of pencils. Those for two needles are wide and flat with two holes.


  1. Okey, Shannon (2008). How to knit in the woods : 20 projects for the great outdoors. Seattle, Wash.: Skipstone. p. 11. ISBN 9781594850882. OCLC 185095686.
  2. 1889-1948., Thomas, Mary, (1972). Mary Thomas's knitting book. New York: Dover Publications. p. 18. ISBN 9780486317380. OCLC 853622029.

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