Giant Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

World’s Largest Knitting Needles & Crochet Hook in Casey, Illinois

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These roadside attractions might cause you to knit your eyebrows in confusion. But let me spin a yarn about the (former) World’s Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook in Casey, Illinois.

World's Largest Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

Casey is a small town in Illinois known for its big versions of ordinary things. It’s home to the world’s largest mailbox, world’s largest rocking chair, and world’s largest barbershop pole, just to name a few. 

The giant knitting needles were crafted to-scale out of white pine and each measure 13 feet .75 inches long and 3.25 inches in diameter. The crochet hook is 6 foot 1.5 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. They were fabricated by Jim Bolin (the man behind most of the town’s world’s largest things) as a gift for Jeanette Huisinga, owner of a local shop called The Yarn Studio.

World's Largest Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

In order for a world record to be set, these big things couldn’t just look like the object they were representing, they actually had to function as them. So, on May 20, 2013, when Guinness World Records came to town for a verification ceremony, Huisinga knit and crocheted some giant 10-stitch by 10-row tension squares in front of a crowd of elementary students.

After that impressive display, the giant knitting needles were declared world’s largest, beating out a former 11.5 foot, 3.15 inch diameter record holder from the UK. And the giant crochet hook set a brand new record.

Giant Crochet Hook in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

Technically, both of these Illinois roadside attractions’ world records have since been broken. In 2017 a 14 foot 6.33 inch, 3.54 inch diameter set was verified in Chippenham, United Kingdom and a 9 foot 1 inch, 4.3 inch diameter crochet hook was verified in Colchester, United Kingdom.

But don’t let that make you cast off this attraction. Casey’s giant knitting needle and crochet hook are still a purl among the town’s giants.

Former World's Largest Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction
Giant Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction
World's Largest Crochet Hook in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction
World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook at The Yarn Studio in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction
Big Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction
Giant Knitting Needles in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction
World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook at The Yarn Studio in Casey, Illinois roadside attraction

World’s Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook (Former)

Address: The Yarn Studio, 8 E Main St, Casey, IL 62420
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10am-4pm (Check the Yarn Studio’s website for up-to-date-information), Visible through the Windows
Cost: Free to See


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These roadside attractions might cause you to knit your eyebrows in confusion. But let me spin a yarn about the (former) World's Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook in Casey, Illinois. Visit these big things on a road trip to Casey, Illinois or your weekend getaway in town. #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions #IllinoisRoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadTrip #IllinoisRoadTrip #IllinoisWeekendGetaways #IllinoisWithKids #IllinoisRoadTripTravel
These roadside attractions might cause you to knit your eyebrows in confusion. But let me spin a yarn about the (former) World’s Largest Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook in Casey, Illinois. Visit these big things on a road trip to Casey, Illinois or your weekend getaway in town. #IllinoisRoadsideAttractions #IllinoisRoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadTrip #IllinoisRoadTrip #IllinoisWeekendGetaways #IllinoisWithKids #IllinoisRoadTripTravel

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Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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