Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Make Your Own Stitch Markers

First off, I want to say that I have finished my Turkish Stitch Scarf, but I haven't taken any decent photos yet. And, I've also made the Butterfly Hat I wanted to make for my little one and I will post pictures soon, promise. It is so cute!

OK, now for the matter at hand. I just started a Clapotis and the pattern calls for 18 stitch markers. All I have are plastic markers with a notch in them and they kept grabbing onto my yarn, so I decided to make my own stitch markers.

To make the stitch markers, you will need a 3 1/4 inch length of bead stringing wire (tigertail), a metal spacer, a glass bead and a crimp bead for each marker. And a pair of pliers. You can use whatever colors and beads you like, just make sure to choose beads that are smooth and not too heavy.

Take your length of wire, fold it in half to form a loop. Slip the metal spacer onto the folded wire, then the bead and then the crimp. Make sure the ends of the wire are covered by the crimp and use your pliers to flatten the crimp bead. VoilĂ ! Your very own stitch marker. Make as many as you need, all of them the same or all different colors, have fun and happy knitting!

7 comments:

KatherineG said...

Thanks for the little tutorial, I just made some and they're so pretty! :o) Much easier than everyone elses methods which seemed to require much more stuff!

LyB said...

You're so welcome! I'm glad you like them. And thank you for the comment. :)

Carrie (in VA) said...

Thanks for posting this... I am in a knitting swap and wanted to make some for my swap partner.

strid8 said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Do you have any opinion on using fishing line (and melting the ends) instead of wire? I have some shells that I wanted to use, but I'm afraid that the metal will be too hard against the shells.

LyB said...

I'm pretty sure fishing line would work fine. I'd probably make one or two and try them out just to be sure they're solid enough though, before making too many. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks! Just what I was looking for. When I looked for the wire online I notice there are a variety of sizes .012, .018 and .024. Which would I use?

madMad said...

I just decided I will purposely leave 3 1/4 inch extra next time I make a necklace or bracelet with tiger tail and will save the off cuts to make beaded markers - like these lots.