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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2006 07:21:47 PM »

For something like that blanket, I would just as soon not use stitch markers at all. I would prefer to just pay a LOT of attention to the knitting for the first few rows and count carefully, but then after I have a bit of fabric hanging off of the needles, I'd just keep half an eye out for what went on in previous rows.

I hardly use them, either, but they're great for keeping track of lace repeats and marking sections for easier seaming later on (marking where the arms should attach, for example).
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« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2006 05:15:03 AM »

I have found that bobby pins work great, and I always seem to have a stash in the bathroom since my hair is short. You just slip them onto the stitch instead of the needle - so no sticking where they don't belong under the yarn and you can move them or take them out as you wish.
Good luck, loooks like a great project!
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Quincy134
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2006 06:27:29 AM »

I have store bought ones, which I like, but I also use whatever is lying around.  I agree that yarn tied into loops works fine.  I've also used twist ties. 
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athena404
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2006 07:09:46 AM »

I've used cut up straw pieces before in a pinch, with slits cut in them so you can slip them on and off the needles quickly
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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2006 07:15:13 AM »

I've made 20 so far. I took a bead and an I-pin and wrapped it  around a pen. They work very well and are really pretty. Before that I was using pieces of string and it was ugly and I couldn't stand it Smiley
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rachelo
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2006 08:13:19 AM »

Is there any reason I can't use safety pins as place markers?  Is there a difference between the safety pin and a cute place marker?
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Fozziebear54
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2006 08:24:48 AM »

I figure that as long as it isn't going to destroy your knitting, you can use it as marker. I've been known to use scraps of yarn, hair ties, paper clips, and I think even parts of a sewing machine (little plastic circle things) as stitch markers. The only difference between a safety pin and a cute stitch marker is, well, the cute one is cute and a safety pin isn't.
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rachelo
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2006 09:47:59 AM »

Good!  That's what I was thinking, but I'm new to knitting and didn't know if I was missing something obvious!  Thanks for the reassurance.
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soozeq
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2006 10:40:29 AM »

Since I usually use larger needles, paper clips and safetly pins are too small. But twisty ties for plastic bags work great!

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« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2006 05:15:22 PM »

And I've used paperclips.  Luckily I had colored ones on hand, which were a little better than the plain ones.  You can also slide the wire onto finished work to mark rows as needed (like where you stopped increasing on your shrug . . .)
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