Monday, 22 June 2015

DIY Snag Free Knitting Stitch Markers


     Today I was working on a knitting project for a doll and needed some stitch markers. As I was using size 2.5mm needles I decided to make some small ones so they were the right size.

DIY stitch markers


    Although I have seen some very pretty ones around, I hate those dangling ones that seem to get caught up in the yarn all the time. If I am using fine yarn I don't want to risk it breaking because it gets tangled in the stitch marker! They also seem to reduce my knitting speed.I like them to be as simple as possible.

      I often just use those little plastic rings that are used on some bras, but the ones I had around were slightly bigger than I wanted. So I picked out some jewellery jump-rings and chose some small beads which had the hole of about the same size as the wire. I don't like to use big beads because they take up space inside the ring. Small beads look pretty and are functional.

     If you don't have any jump-rings the size you need  you can just use some fairly thick jewellery wire, cutting it to the size you wish. Long-nosed pliers like the ones I used make it easy to shape it into a circle. You can also use a bigger size knitting needle to give it the right form. Remember that the stitch marker needs to be slightly bigger than the needle you are using so you can easily slip it from one needle to the other while knitting. Too big can be awkward and stretch  fine yarn.



DIY stitch marker

     So here I picked out some jewellery jump-rings and chose some small beads which had the hole of about the same size as the wire. With a pair of long-nose pliers I opened the ring.

Diy stitch marker

I placed a bead on one end of the wire pushing it almost fully on.

Diy stitch markers

I then bent the wire back into position. putting the open side of the wire into the bead and pulling the bead over the join. I actually used 2 pairs of pliers to do this as I found it easier to grasp and push the wire into shape.
How to make your own stitch marker

Here is the finished little ring. Looks cute doesn't it? Looks like a dolly ring!


DIY stitch-marker

     Here I placed the stitch markers on the needle as I started the pattern. If you use different colour beads you can mark different parts.

     You may have noticed that I do not glue the beads into place on the wire. If they are a fairly snug fit they do not slip around but stay in their place. Although personally it has never happened to me, if you do knit them into your work by mistake, it would be easy to pull them open and take them out without damaging the knitting! If they are glued you can't do that so easily.
I have been making these for years and they have never come open while knitting.

     They are quick and very cheap to make.

Diy stitch marker

I would love to know what you think about my method of making these with no glue. 

9 comments:

  1. Excellent idea! I usually just cut some yarn and tie it into loops, but they can get mixed up into the knitting

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    1. I find the yarn harder to slip quickly.These I started making long before I got a computer. So far they have never come apart even when I put quite a bit of pressure on them when slipping to the other needle.

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  2. I've made some stitch markers like that. They are quick and easy and still pretty to look at even without the dangles.

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    1. Glad you like them as well! I think they are the best type! Easy to make in different sizes.

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  3. I've made some stitch markers like that. They are quick and easy and still pretty to look at even without the dangles.

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    1. I can't remember where I got the idea from. Maybe one of the many knitting books or magazines I used to read. The dangly ones always see to get in the way although I love to see them!

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  4. It's funny I lots of super cute stitch markers, but it's always the simple ones that I use the most.

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  5. It's funny I lots of super cute stitch markers, but it's always the simple ones that I use the most.

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    1. Yes they are the most useful. There are some really lovely "dangly" ones though! I could quite easily collect those!

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