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Camolai 06-01-2010 06:47 PM

Stitch Markers
 
Does anyone have any good places to get some fun, unique stitch markers? I've seen the few offered at Michael's, but was hoping for something more interesting. I'd prefer to find ones that opened like safety pins just so I could take them on and off whenever I needed to, but I don't know if that's a deal breaker or not.

Where did you get your favorite stitch markers from?

vaudiss 06-01-2010 07:00 PM

etsy...i have several differnt sets and types I ordered off there. Just do a search for stitch markers and you'll see tons of different ones

RoseFairy 06-01-2010 07:19 PM

Did you ever see the Custom Stitch Markers post? It was an awesome topic about making your own stitch markers with beads and stuff. You could probably make your own if you're inclined to try.

hyperactive 06-02-2010 04:11 AM

you girls are really using the stitch markers as a decorative object, aren't you?
I have German ones that you can hook into the stitch (very practical for row marking) and just messed up a pattern (pulled it out) because they were supposed to be between the stitches, not IN them... Well anyways: I am back to using left over string: loops tied in different colors (cotton that does not leave fuzz!) and just work them off.

So my question is: is there another advantage to "real" stitch markers than just the look? if so, please make me smarter!

trvvn5 06-02-2010 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by hyperactive (Post 1290527)
you girls are really using the stitch markers as a decorative object, aren't you?
I have German ones that you can hook into the stitch (very practical for row marking) and just messed up a pattern (pulled it out) because they were supposed to be between the stitches, not IN them... Well anyways: I am back to using left over string: loops tied in different colors (cotton that does not leave fuzz!) and just work them off.

So my question is: is there another advantage to "real" stitch markers than just the look? if so, please make me smarter!

*gasp* How could you ask such a question? Is there an advantage to stitch markers. Last night a stitch marker saved my life. Stitch markers lift you up where you belong. All you need is stitch markers.

Oh wait....is there an advantage to "real" stitch markers. No...No not really. A paperclip is just as good as a little plastic donut. And I prefer the ones that are openable so I can take them out if need be.

hyperactive 06-02-2010 06:57 AM

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Originally Posted by trvvn5 (Post 1290532)
*gasp* How could you ask such a question? Is there an advantage to stitch markers. Last night a stitch marker saved my life. Stitch markers lift you up where you belong. All you need is stitch markers.

Oh wait....is there an advantage to "real" stitch markers. No...No not really. A paperclip is just as good as a little plastic donut. And I prefer the ones that are openable so I can take them out if need be.

*lol*
didn't want you to faint! sorry.
well, yes, that is what I meant... is there a reason for (buying / making fancy) stitch markers.
I do know that there is a reason for marking stitches: YES!
as I said: a different system of stitch markers was meant by my pattern and now I had to rip out 1/3 or my pullover. knifty design, knit in the round, great look, wonderful decrease and increase lines... if you just use the right TYPE of stitch markers
I had mine hooked in a stitch like I almost always do. then decreased behind the stitch marker, so behind the stitch that was marked.
the pattern wanted me to have a marker on the needle (but did not say a word about that, unfortunately!) and therefore my decreases did not line up but "wander off". (The sublime Thai Top that must have been in "The Knitter", Britain April 09, and was in the new German issue of The Knitter in spring 2010. GREAT piece.

so: I do accept stitch markers. I do require, though, that you use the right type. What they look like was less my concer up to now... but I might be near... near... near a bead shop on Friday... maybee.... well, you know... since I CAN make some... why not?

trvvn5 06-02-2010 07:07 AM

Just as a rule of thumb. When you read a pattern and it says to place a marker, it is standard that it means to place the marker on the needle and not the stitch. It means to place the marker between the stitch you just knit and the stitch you are about to knit. Then you just move the marker from one needle to the other when you come to it.

The pattern probably didn't indicate anything since placeing it between is the universal standard for placing markers.

hyperactive 06-02-2010 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by trvvn5 (Post 1290534)
Just as a rule of thumb. When you read a pattern and it says to place a marker, it is standard that it means to place the marker on the needle and not the stitch. It means to place the marker between the stitch you just knit and the stitch you are about to knit. Then you just move the marker from one needle to the other when you come to it.

The pattern probably didn't indicate anything since placeing it between is the universal standard for placing markers.

Hi!
if the pattern was written in English, I would have probably concidered it. German markers I have come across were all placed in the stitch, so I assumed the same here.
I should have thought... it is a translation of a British pattern for a German magazine. Probably nobody thought of this when translating. A simple indicator / hint would have been enough.

Well the text sounded a bit odd, just a bit. But not enough to make my "after-work-knitting-in-coma-brain" realize quite at the right point... you know?
well, it threw me back in the project. But knitting is the goal, not filling my closet. So it was fun, relaxing, an almost no-brain-efford-thing (knit only, since it is worked in the round) and it was not SO bad. I had a two ball project for a hat, this winter. No pattern, just ideas. and after 3 complete remakes I was finally happy enough to not reknit it again. But just enough, not really happy. (OT, totally, I know)

for English language patterns or translates of such I will remember your words forever!

jjlrdomom 06-02-2010 01:44 PM

I often use earrings that have lost their mate (you can use the kind that are just a hook, or the kind that is a wire that clips). Then I can still enjoy the earring without wearing it. :) But then, I'm kinda goofy like that....I blame on my curly hair....Mom says my curls are too tight! Heh heh!
:aww:

AngelaR 06-02-2010 05:00 PM

I'm too cheap to buy markers, I use left over yarn to make loops. When I'm knitting a pattern where I need to use quite a few, it uses up all of my yarn ends.


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