In a previous blog post we highlighted the essential tools of every knitter or crocheter. Now, let’s take a closer look at one of those tools, the ever-important stitch marker. There are several different types, and each has its function. Here are some kinds you may come across:
This is the “default” stitch marker. Use them anywhere that you need to mark the beginning of a round, a pattern repeat, or to even keep track of your stitch count. I recently completed a project that required me to cast on nearly 400 stitches. Placing a stitch marker every 50 or so helped me keep track of the count.
You can use these anywhere you would use a circular. The difference is that the triangular shape allows you a “corner” to insert the tip of your needle into, making the slip from one needle to the next easier.
Need to grab a dropped stitch? Use a locking stitch marker! It “locks” (hence the name), to keep it in place. This is unique compared to a regular circular marker, because you can add it into the fabric of a project without having to be on the working row. They also come in handy for organizing your other stitch markers.
These are a great cross between a locking stitch marker and a circular stick marker. They offer the ability to quickly mark a stitch and remove it, without having to be on the working row, and are great for marking crochet stitches.
Let’s say you have a circular project with 200 stitches. You can use the circular stitch markers to help keep count (or mark the pattern repeat), and use the fancier one to mark the beginning of the row. A lot of these are handmade and unique, so they also make great gifts.
Do you have a favorite go-to stitch marker? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!