What the hell do I do with Stitch Markers anyway?
I knit a lot of lace with an almost 4 year old hanging off the end of my needles. So I use stitch markers to hold my place and retain my sanity. The holidays are a good time to share which markers are in heavy rotation because knitters are always looking for gifts for other knitters and ideas for spouses who have no clue what to buy us.
I mark the beginning of each row with a special marker and the rest of the repeats are marked with simple jump rings from any big box craft store. I typically purchase jump rings in two sizes, 7mm and 10mm to accommodate a wide range of needles. Typically plain jump rings cost approximately $1.99 for 50. I always have a lot of projects on the needles so I'm always picking up packs of jump rings when I find myself in Joann's. I also have more on hand to give out when ever any knitter at my house has a stitch marker emergency.
I use stitch markers by slipping them instead of knitting them into the fabric. To slip a stitch marker, stick the right needle tip into the marker and slip knit wise. Do this every time one pops up on the end of your needles. That special marker I mentioned above functions as a road sign to let you know you're at the end or beginning of a row so that you can perform what ever action needs to go next.
There are two main types of Stitch Marker, Flexible and Non Flexible. The difference being, the flexible markers bend at the joint between the jump ring and the bling, and non flexible markers do not. Flex or not flexing when using stitch markers is an entirely personal preference. Each marker has it's own time and place.
Non Flexible Markers (by Knitifacts)
Not a Stitch Marker but still pretty cool
I was lucky enough to get one of 5elementknitr's Stitch Savers in my Goodie Bag at Knot Hysteria's Silk Retreat. This little gadget went directly on to my key chain. I think it may also be good for poking people in the eyeball when they interrupt me when I'm counting.
That concludes today's discourse on knitting with Stitch Markers. I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial. If you have any questions, leave a comment!
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