Stitch markers , though small, are mighty tools in your knitting. They’re more useful than you can imagine. They will come in a little cardboard pillow envelope - perfect for gifting.
Keep checking back in as I will be continually adding more. I find making these almost as therapeutic as staring at my yarn stash.
There are three types that I've been making :
- Wire Loop - will fit the largest needle you have (well, up to a 15mm anyway). These are my favourite as they simple slip so smoothly from needle to needle.
- Jump Ring - will fit up to a 6mm needle
- Lobster clasp - will fit up to a 4mm needle and or can be clipped on to the actual knitted/crocheted work. (I've been know to use these as key and zipper charms too)
Lets talk about stitch markers and their uses :
Knitting in the round : One way stitch markers can help is when you’re knitting in the round. In circular knitting, knowing where the knitting pattern begins and ends will keep you from making a mistake. So it’s a good idea to use them to mark the beginning of your work.
Flat knitting : If you’re adding edge stitches to your knitting, stitch markers can separate the pattern from the knitted border.
Right Side / Wrong Side : You can also use stitch markers to mark the right side (RS) or wrong side (WS) of your knitting/crochet, or increases and decreases.
Stitch Counting : Maybe you’ve cast on a lot of stitches, like in my Escape Cowl (blatant self promotion). How many times have you been counting and gotten interrupted? Stitch markers mean you can count in blocks of 20 (other numbers are available). Failing that, make the person who interrupted you go sit outside and think about what they have done.
Please note that these are all individually handmade so they will all vary a little, especially the beaded ones. Also, you may find over time, with use, that you need to gently firm up the jump ring closure so as to prevent it catching. A simple firm press with your hands or a pair of pliers will do the trick.