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« on: May 06, 2008 10:28:42 AM »

I know this sounds really silly, but I've been trying to figure out what "stitch markers" are.  I'm not a knitter (yet!!!) I see them crafted all the time but can't figure out what there for? they are sooooo cute! Silly me, but I'm a silly one!!!  Help me out man!!!  please....be gentle..
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2008 08:30:57 AM »

Not silly at all - good question!!   Wink

Stitch markers are extremely useful in knitting, typically serving two purposes:

1)  To assist in keeping count of stitches.  When you have, say, 200 stitches on a needle, it saves a LOT of recount time if you place a stitch marker every 20 stitches or so.  This is nice when casting on because it's so easy to lose count - if you do, all you have to do is count back to your last stitch marker.  Also, if your project is underway and something weird happens where you're not sure if you picked up/dropped a stitch, you can continue to the next marker then count back to make sure that your stitch count is right.  Saves a LOT of frogging time!!

2)  To mark the beginning and end of a particular pattern.  If you place a marker at the start and finish of a pattern, you have the peace of mind of knowing that you won't forget to work your pattern, and you know that it will line up perfectly when you're finished!

I'm certain that other members have different, innovative uses for them (and I'd love to see them, if anyone has suggestions!), but these are the primary uses. 

Stitch markers are extremely helpful - believe me!!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2008 08:56:04 AM »

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!  I could not for the life of me figure out what those were for!!!!   You explained it beautifully!  thank you for the time!!! 
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008 12:30:13 PM »

I'm certain that other members have different, innovative uses for them (and I'd love to see them, if anyone has suggestions!),

The String-or-nothing blog has some stitch marker tips. I love the abacus idea!
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