View Full Version : Purpose of Stitch Markers
07-28-2007, 11:52 AM
Ok the stitch marker thread has brought up another question. What exactly is the purpose of these and how do you use them. I have not advanced to using these yet so just curious.
07-28-2007, 12:05 PM
If you are knitting in the round placing a stitch marker on will indicate where a row ends and when you're beginning a new row. They can be used for more intricate patterns (on any sort of needle) to keep a marker or 'eye' on the pattern elements and so on.
07-28-2007, 12:23 PM
Most stitch markers are the metal ring and are used as Susan described.
If you have made a decrease or increase along a row, you pop a marker on the right needle and it acts as a marker or signpostso that you can tell whereabouts you are, should you lose track on a complex row.
I'd not been knitting very long, in fact, had just finished a baby's cardigan, when a well-intentioned but overly-optimistic friend thought I could tackle lace.
I chose the basic Feather and Fan pattern and got into trouble you don't want to know about.:gah:
I decided it would be more use if I could count out and mark the continual yarn overs and decreases first - that way, all I had to do when the counters were on the needle was concentrate on the knitting and tension.
I started a range of markers made like this
and now I sell the solid rings as well to be used like regular markers
Anyway, hope that explains things a bit.
07-28-2007, 12:29 PM
stitch markers are full of all sorts of uses.
I have a friend who knits in beads all the time. She likes to put so many in a row. So as she strings on her beads, she puts in a marker and that helps her keep count.
When I had to cast on over 300 stitches for a poncho for my mother, I used it to mark every 25 stitches.
In my Cable project, I used them to mark the 5 panels of knitting. Until I was established enough to remove them.
Note: I have to use removable markers. I am constantly knitting in my markers. I think it is a hazard of knitting with children in the house. Err, distracted knitting. I'd like to stress here knitting on the phone is fun but when you add a cat or two to the mix...
Anyhow. I've linked my detachable platic ones together to count rows.
but if I had pretty ones... I'd make sure I knit them in. Naturally I wouldn't be able to because I was trying to knit them in... I'm rebellious that way. Always not doing what I want and stuff...
Makes for a good mother... that's what I tell my kids. "What? Mommy didn't get you clean laundry? How would you like some new laundry instead? Let's go shopping!"
07-28-2007, 12:38 PM
And you look so sensible in your photograph too songbirdy :roflhard::roflhard::roflhard: LOL
07-28-2007, 12:52 PM
I shined up good, didn't I?
:lol: I had to put my best pic forward!
07-28-2007, 12:54 PM
LOL The pic mom gets to see.
07-29-2007, 12:13 AM
You don't have to buy jewellery for knitting, you can tie loops out of short pieces of wool. I actually prefer these a lot of the time because you don't have to keep track of where they are, you can make new ones, also some people find they knit differently around them so you might get a ladder, and they can be heavy and annoying. For lace I usually prefer a narrow ring/band cut from straws. But I was given an adorable stitch marker lately and love it... I use that one...
07-29-2007, 01:14 AM
I can't figure out how to use row counters, so don't feel bad! lol \
I sometimes use stitch markers to mark the beginning of a round. It's also helpful for less counting in repeating patterns such as cables, to know that you restart the pattern after you slip the marker. I'm working on my first sweater right now and I am using all three colors of my Boye plastic stitch markers. The pink indicates the beginning of the round, the blue indicate the fronts and backs of shoulders, so I know that I do my increases before or after the blue markers, and the yellow indicates that I begin working the lace panel. Mine aren't fancy, but they get the job done!!
You can pretty much use them anyway you want, but they can be extremely helpful in keeping the pattern straight and organized in my own mind. :D
07-29-2007, 01:22 AM
Stitch markers are used just like book markers, to keep your place in the knitting.
09-11-2007, 04:39 PM
Not to sound dim BUT...how do you remove them when you are done??? I have some beautiful ones that I am afraid to use...
09-11-2007, 04:47 PM
Stitch markers go on the needles they are not worked into the project.
They help mark changes in patterns.
As you reach a marker you slide it to the other needle.
09-11-2007, 04:52 PM
Oh...I think that make sense. I will have to try that.
09-11-2007, 04:57 PM
I have even used stitch markers to designate repeats for basketweave! Some of the simplest patterns can mess me up. I make mistakes on the simpler pattern repeats more than the complicated pattern repeats! I get my mantra rollin'...and completely forget to begin the next repeat.
For example...on the k5/p5 basketweave: I will get rolling along and do a K6/p5 by accident...but this will throw off the whole row!
With a K5/P5 repeat...I will put a stitch marker every 10 stitches. That is like having a fence between the repeats.
Some basketweave patterns are worked K5/P5 from the wrong side...and the right side is all knitted. Well, from the wrong side...you CAN REALLY MAKE MISTAKES with the simple K5/P5 pattern cuz you can't SEE IT real well.
Anyway, that is my 2 cents. I hate frogging :eyes: and :eyes: tinking...or correcting :eyes: stitches by any means.
So, as they say: An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Or something like that. :shrug:
09-11-2007, 05:18 PM
I totally agree artlady.
It is too easy to get lost in a repeat pattern like that. Get busy talking or you start counting stitches and forget to stop?
Supposed to be p6, suddenly I realized I was still counting and at p12 *oops!* lol
09-11-2007, 08:49 PM
I guess I just need to start practicing:-)
Thanks Sunny for the PM explaining everything! This lovely past time that I adore so much can be complicated!
09-12-2007, 04:32 AM
I use hinged earrings that completely close. I put them on the beginning round of my socks, and when I am done, just open the hinge. No pulling, and the earrings are so light, the yarn does not even know it is there.
go get your smock
09-21-2007, 10:23 AM
I use stitch markers for repeat patterns, too. I often don't have the time or attention to work a whole row or section, but I can work just "between the markers". (Found moment knitting!)
And if it is a motif that shifts over like brickwork on future rows, you just move all the markers over x number of stitches and begin the sequence again.
When I write up patterns, it often is a lot easier to explain (at least for me!) if we both have markers in the same place. So then I can say, "knit to marker", instead of knit x number of stitches. I hate to count and I'm not very good at it. :eyes: