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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2007 02:40:17 AM »

I've made myself some little beaded ones in a variety of classy colours, but even so I usually end up using hairbands or little scraps of yarn. I need them to find the start of a row in the round, mostly. I use a row counter, and I'm trying to make my brain see "stitch marker!" as "twist the row counter!"

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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2007 03:09:56 AM »

Just to add to the statistics - I don't use stitch markers much. I only use them sometimes when the number of stitches changes constantly and I can't memorize it instantly, increasing in top down raglans for example. But lace repeats etc., and end-of round - no. It's so annoying to slip them and it slows down my knitting.

Somewhere I read this pretty line: "Knitting lace without stitch markers is the knitting equivalent of macho." So I guess it's my way to prove myself I lead an interesting life Grin

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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2007 03:34:37 AM »

I don't bother using fancy stitch markers, although I've enjoyed making decorated rings out of shrink film/plastic.  The dangly ones in particular annoy me.  I prefer a small, hard plastic ring so I can feel it when I come to the marked stitch.  This saves me from having to look at my knitting unnecessarily.  I was making a bag in the round with 2 sections of stockinette offset by 2 sections of seed stitch, and markers indicating the transition were invaluable.  I could knit without looking, and the texture of the fabric would indicate which section I was on, but the marker would confirm the transition stitch.
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2007 06:34:09 AM »

i don't use fancy ones eitehr - i'm sacred of losing them!

i just use these brightly coloured plastic ones i got on ebay.  i use them when i need to have more than about 40 stitches on something. i put one every 20 stitches, and i find them useful for things like rib and lace patterns too.

« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2007 06:39:54 AM »

I always do to mark the beginning of a round, and usually do if I'm casting on a lot of stitches.  When I'm working on something big, I like knowing that I'm halfway through the round.

I have some of the flat plastic kind, but I also use paper clips or safety pins; sometimes I use a loop of waste yarn in a pinch.  Anything fancy would just get swallowed up by my house (or an errant ferret!).

« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2007 02:36:25 PM »

My favorite stitch markers are hair elastics. Cheap, flexible and sometimes I like using different colors to mean different things.
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2007 03:16:04 PM »

Slightly off topic, but am I the only one who DOESN'T like the "pretty" stitch markers?  I mean, they ARE pretty, but I find them to be horrible to use.  They just get in the way and catch on my knitting for me. 

So I made earrings out of the pretty stitch marker set a friend sent me  Smiley  For knitting, I'll stick to the thin plastic ones.

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« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2007 03:23:33 PM »

i'm with you, TheDishclothQueen, they are just not my thing.  i use scraps of yarn if i use stitch markers at all. 
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2007 03:41:51 PM »

if i didn't use them, i'd lose my mind. i lose count even out loud!

« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2007 05:18:47 PM »

you know those tiny hair clips for little girls ?
i use them, they come in all bright colors and clip on and off fast

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