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SophieAnn
« on: February 12, 2009 06:31:24 AM »

So I was at the dollar store yesterday and I saw these:


They're toggle-style clasps used for jewellery making.  8 clasps for $1.00.  I realized they'd be perfect for making stitch markers!

So I bought 2 packs of these beads as well ($1.00 each):


Here's the finished product.  8 stitch markers for $3 - with beads leftover.


For anyone who doesn't knit - those are mostly short-forms used in knitting pattern-writing.  Any beads would work (the dollar store had some glass beads that had nice weight to them), but I thought the letters were cute.  Wire might have been nice to string them up (except for the possibility of snagging), but I just used embroidery floss.

Easy peasy!   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009 06:51:26 AM »

That is a super cute idea!  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009 07:14:39 AM »

what a great idea!
i love the words. when knitting while distracted (movies or convo) these must be so helpful.
not to mention when you finally HAVE to put it down for the night, ha.
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009 07:28:22 AM »

That is just darling ... and so convenient.  I may need some of these.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009 07:30:20 AM »

Brilliant!

I am going to have to make some of these!
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009 07:35:33 AM »

perfect way to jump back into the knitting without fogetting where in the pattern you are!
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009 09:40:48 AM »

very cute!
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2009 10:45:12 AM »

This is seriously intelligent - for a knitter who gets easily confused (like me) there's nothing like brightly coloured labels to keep you on track, hah... Brilliant!
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GumInMyHair
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2009 06:54:22 AM »

These are really cute. I have a question tho.....How do you hook them around the stitch you are marking? My stitch markers open to wrap around the stitch and then remove later. Since these don't open, what holds them to the stitch?

I crochet so maybe you use them differently to knit.  Huh
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SassyRedhead
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2009 08:45:52 AM »

GumInMyHair,
sometimes in knitting, you want to mark a point in the row, not a specific stitch, like working a sweater in the round, you might mark at the beginning and halfway to seperate front and back. You put these on the needles, and move them when you get to that point in the row. So to remove you just knit to that point and can slip it off the needle.
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2009 12:31:22 PM »

GumInMyHair,

Yeah, she's got it right.  These stitch markers would only work for knitting.  They hang on the needle, in between 2 stitches.

I also crochet, so I can understand how these wouldn't work for crocheting.

What you could do to make your own stitch markers for crochet is to get earring hooks for jewelry making - the kind that hook through your earlobe and don't need a backing/don't close.  Or you could get the kind that hook through the ear and have a closure (not a separate backing piece).  Then you could attach a beading dangly bit.  Basically, make a dangly earring!

Like this: http://www.mamasminerals.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/b.kit.earring.rosequartz.h.jpg
Or this:
http://www.maryannarcher.com/images/jewelry/index/earring.jpg
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GumInMyHair
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2009 05:29:24 PM »

Thanks Sassy Redhead and SophieAnn. I didn't know you knitters put markers on your needles.  Smiley

You're right, the earring type are what I need. Thanks!

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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2009 06:45:30 PM »

Aww I absolutely love that!!! Great idea, now the next time i go to the dollar store Im hella gonna have to buy some stuff to make myslef some too! Cheesy.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2009 04:07:20 PM »

Super cute!  And amazingly cheap!  I'll have to keep an eye open for similar items!  Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2009 11:46:35 AM »

now that is cleaver!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2009 08:13:56 PM »

That's so cute! I usually just get a paper clip and straighten them out. Then I attach a bead, and use my round nosed pliers to bend the top into a circle. Mine are much more crude, but they work.
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2009 10:28:31 AM »

Very clever!
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