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« on: April 09, 2008 08:24:52 AM »

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I'm teaching myself to crochet and the pattern I'm using calls for stitch markers. What in the world are they? How do I use them? I've never made anything more complicated than a rectangle so the use of stitch markers completely eludes me.

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008 08:35:00 AM »

Stitch markers are anything you can put at the end of a row or a round to keep your stitch count right.  I usually just use a spare piece of yarn, but a safety pin works really well and it doesn't fall out.  Just put the safety pin through the last stitch of your round(row) and move it up as you work.  You can buy specialty stitch markers, but you don't have too. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008 08:37:28 AM »

for  fancier  stuff if oyu jsut  really wanna spend  money 
do a search on joannfabrics.com and you can see what they look like.   they are  little hooks that you use to mark where you have counted your stitches or where you will have to do something on teh way back around that area.   make note the KNITTING and  crochet ones are different tho. the crochet ones can open easily.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008 09:15:36 AM »

I use an old hoop earring to mark my stitches. Just a small one - works perfectly!

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008 11:53:31 AM »

When I needed stitch markers, my mother also recommended safety pins.  They work well, and they're easy to have pinned to your project bag where they don't get misplaced when you don't need them.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008 02:43:14 PM »

I use plastic coated paper clips - I unfold them a bit and hang them where I need them - I like to be able to see my mark from both sides of the crochet (long story) I'll take a pic if you are interested.

I used to use a piece of yarn, knotted on one side to help it from falling out as often...
graduated to paper clips.  I have had a few fancier ones made for me and have had various results - I don't like the dangly bits. They just get in my way.


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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008 02:57:35 PM »

This is a bad, bad, bad marker but I use a little tape to mark my stitch. Call me lazy to go and grab even a bobby pin...lol

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2008 09:13:08 AM »

I know that a lot of people use lobster claw clasps to make their fancier stitch markers.  I find that just a plain ol' lobster claw clasp from a jewelry kit or something works really well, it has nothing dangling off it to get in the way, but it is easy to use, secure because it closes, and fairly cheap.

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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2008 09:13:47 PM »

I just use a piece of yarn, about 6 or 8 inches and pull it back and forth over my last stitch of each round. I can see if my rounds are coming out right by the slant of the yarn too.
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2008 10:54:38 PM »

I use an old hoop earring to mark my stitches. Just a small one - works perfectly!

I have commercial ones, but having read this I tried it and it actually works a LOT better - no pulls or snags. Thanks for the tip Shinykatie!
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