Stitch marker tip

I haven't been knitting very long, but I've already developed a dislike for those little plastic ring stitch markers. They tend to get in the way, and they leave a trail of wide stitches down my project. Here's my solution: I tied a piece of cotton yarn around a large knitting needle, tied a tight knot, trimmed it close, and voilà - a flexible cloth marker! I don't know if others have tried this, because I haven't seen it anywhere. These don't cause me the same trouble as the plastic variety.

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Patrick :)

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That's the way us cheap skates do it.

Bill's picture

Thank you for reminding us of the "old" way...I've been fighting several markers...and am immediately going to do the string thing!

QueerJoe's picture

Necessity is the mother or invention!

I've used this type of stitch marker in the past, but I find it sometimes starts to pill with rubbing against my knitting yarn or come untied after a personally, I use some form of solid stitch marker...unless I need one while I'm traveling and don't have one...then I go back to the tied yarn version.

Kenny's picture

I use different sized O-rings from the hardware store. I really like them

ronhuber's picture

I use the same as you but my loop is about 5 inches - much easier to move around.

Mnjack's picture

I have always used the tied yarn as a marker, then got some of the plastic markers. I tried them but like you, I found they got in the way and I was also left with gaps in my knitting. I went back to the tied yarn marker. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone.

raydio's picture

At one time, plastic markers were nearly paper thin-- no worry about leaving a line in your work. (Just have two left -sniff-) They're about 1/4 the thickness of the Clover rings. The next round of markers had thickened slightly. Now we have the Clover rings.

If only manufacturers would poll knitters on their products or let us test them before they commit. Maybe the word will get around and they'll go back to thin markers....

Tallguy's picture

I also use the yarn marker, and I like a longer tail on them. I don't tie anything: just add a bit more twist to a length of about 15-20 cm so it twists back on itself... it's all set! I like to weave that tail through the rows as counters, or to remind me that I need to do a pattern row or a plain knit row (in lace knitting, or socks). I bring the yarn in front of the marker or behind the marker, depending on what I need to mark. I can drop my knitting any time, pick it up and know exactly where I am without having to mark any pattern or try to determine where I was in my work. I have these in a variety of colours telling me this is the beginning of a round, this is a pattern repeat, this is something important to do, etc. My knitting looks very colourful, because of all the yarn ends hanging out, which causes some people to question my choice of colours, and neatness, but I don't bother to explain to them about how knitting works.

This is a system that works for me -- it may be too confusing for you. I also have some plastic rings in a variety of colours and sizes which I made myself, but I like the tail that my markers have. I usually use mercerized cotton, or acrylic for this -- after all, what is acrylic good for anyway? And after I've used them a couple times, easy to throw out and get a new length of yarn.

I use paperclips.

MMario's picture

yup - they come in different sizes, shapes, colours;

I also use safety pins; yarn, thread, horsehair, earrings; cable needles or whatever else is handy.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yep. As my high school Latin teacher always said, "Necessity is the Mother of invention." -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Ahem...I've tried all sorts of markers but find that the best ones for me are lengths of crochet thread and/or twine that I make into a larger loop and tie securely off. I try to keep a small butterfly/hank of the thread in my knitting goodies bag so I can make up more as needed. I also use it to run stitches onto when checking the fit and/or reserving them for later pickup. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

rjcb3's picture

Oh, I've always used a scrap end of yarn for markers. My grandmother taught me that years ago, when she was teaching me how to knit.

Shhhh...don't tell any of the manufacturers or vendors, but, it also means that you don't have to part with the dollars to purchase something that you're more than likely not going to use.

My apartment is full of loops of yarn, and you can find them everywhere in the most unlikely of places. It doesn't matter how often the floors are swept and things put'll eventually find an unused tied loop of yarn lying about in some crack or corner, most likely from being left behind after one of four cats decides it's the new toy for the fleeting moment.


albert's picture

Knitpicks brass markers (lately).