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    Senior Member redbugsullivan's Avatar
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    Going through my mother's/grandmother's sewing stuff, we found this little gizmo. Sorry that the tip is so fuzzy in the picture.

    Its business end has a hook with a hinged bit that would allow the user to pull something out without snagging. The whole thing is less than 3" long. We are baffled.

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    I've just bought something similar for rag rugging called a latch hook could be that maybe x

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    It looks like a gadget for picking up dropped stitches in knitting!! IMO!

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    It reminds me of a hook for making a latch hook rug.

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    It could be a latch hook , but more likely at that size, it is a snag fixer for knits like sweaters. You pulled the snagged loop to the underside where it wasn't seen.

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    I'm thinking one of those things they used to use to button up the high shoes from back in the late 1800's early 1900's...

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    It reminds me of a hook for making a latch hook rug.
    That is the first thing I thought, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    It reminds me of a hook for making a latch hook rug.
    I agree! But it is only 3" long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK
    It looks like a gadget for picking up dropped stitches in knitting!! IMO!
    This is my thought too. A latched rug hook would have a bigger handle, no?

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    Looks like a latch hook to me. I think it was used in knitting, not the kind for rug making.

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    I'm thinking for dropped stitches also. I had similar tools for my knitting machine years ago

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    Would it be a knitting machine needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genafan201
    I'm thinking one of those things they used to use to button up the high shoes from back in the late 1800's early 1900's...
    Nope, it's not that. I have a collection of shoe button and glove button hooks. They aren't made anything like this odd-looking gizmo. I think I'm of the same mindset as several others. It looks like something for hooking rugs or for fixing snags in sweaters. ;-)

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    Well, I tried :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    I'm thinking for dropped stitches also. I had similar tools for my knitting machine years ago
    She crocheted and tatted a lot. Here is a better pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    Going through my mother's/grandmother's sewing stuff, we found this little gizmo. Sorry that the tip is so fuzzy in the picture.

    Its business end has a hook with a hinged bit that would allow the user to pull something out without snagging. The whole thing is less than 3" long. We are baffled.
    used for sweater pulls, used to fix them with same yarn, hook rugs but light ones , I have same from my grandmother days , on the other end is a gadget pull though helper..

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    Kandi! That makes sense!!! I'm just glad it stayed in my pile of stuff instead of going into the garbage. I'm all about fixing clothing instead of tossing it. Thank you! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    Kandi! That makes sense!!! I'm just glad it stayed in my pile of stuff instead of going into the garbage. I'm all about fixing clothing instead of tossing it. Thank you! :-)
    You are very welcome, good thing I have a lot of thoughs I do a lot of knitting and crochet, hate tatting , but very useful for that ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan
    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    I'm thinking for dropped stitches also. I had similar tools for my knitting machine years ago
    She crocheted and tatted a lot. Here is a better pic.
    WOW!!! That is teeny!! Yep, it's gotta be for fixing snags in sweaters! :thumbup: It's a handy little gizmo!!

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    Not a button hook I have those...my guess is latch hook or for knitting .....

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    It's a gizmo that pulls double knit thread back into the fabric when it snags. You can still buy them in the notions department but they are smaller now and have plastic handles. They are in the same section as seam rippers. They work really good too!

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    I have a knitting machine and the end looks just like the needles used for it. So I would say it is used for picking up dropped stitches in knitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    It could be a latch hook , but more likely at that size, it is a snag fixer for knits like sweaters. You pulled the snagged loop to the underside where it wasn't seen.
    Yep, that's it!

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    It could be a latch hook , but more likely at that size, it is a snag fixer for knits like sweaters. You pulled the snagged loop to the underside where it wasn't seen.
    I think this is the right answer. Too small for a latch hook for wool rug hooking.

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    Why does it have a spring on it?

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