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Old 01-26-2005, 04:30 AM   #1
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Stitch Markers
Okay...this is a very silly question! What do you use stitch markers for? I've seen some very expensive ones that I could make myself (I make jewelry) made of wire and beads. Some come with a safety pin that has no coil and some have hooks at the end.

So....whaddya use them for?

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Old 01-26-2005, 10:51 AM   #2
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Stitch markers sit between two stitches and are "slipped" (that is they are moved from one needle to the other without being knit or purled) every row.

You use them to indicate something and the possibilities are many.
1. You may use them every pattern repeat across a row so you can be asured you have worked the pattern correctly.
2. You could use it to indicate the a point where you'll need to work an increase or decrease for say, a hat.
3. When knitting in the round, you would definitely need it to mark where a round begins/ends.

You get the point
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Old 01-26-2005, 11:23 AM   #3
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Okay, cool, thanks!!!
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:40 AM   #4
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Ah, I've just used markers for hte first time, I used them wrong, and my mitered bottom turned out sort of swirly. Than I searched this site for markers and discoverred that I'm not using them correctly. I guess I should have come here first.

But Im still confused.

Okay, so I place the marker between the sts. When I get to it, I st, st, st, than skip the marker over the needle, and st, st, st, until I get there again, right? Than am I supposed to move the marker up so that it is still usable? Is that the way this works?

I think I'm starting to get it.

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The stitch marker goes ON the needle...it gets slipped from one needle to the other when you come to it, so it automatically stays in the same place.
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Old 07-25-2005, 06:16 PM   #6
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH! (A lightbulb went off that was so bright even my dogs blinked). You mean, it goes on the needle and doesn't even connect to the yarn at all!!! Now i get it.I figured, since it had the little slit, that I attachedit to the yarn.

Wow, what a nearly beautiful felting project I almost had. Oh well, next time it will be perfect!

Live and learn!
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The little slit in some markers is so you can put it on or remove it from your needle at any time. You may decide that you don't need it in a particular place or find that a marker would be helpful somewhere. I don't really like those because they get caught in the yarn sometimes. There are plain circular ones of plastic, or what I use--a different colored yarn tied in a loop. Always available, and free!

There are people who make their own that are beautiful.
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Old 07-25-2005, 06:22 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by willowmom
OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH! (A lightbulb went off that was so bright even my dogs blinked). You mean, it goes on the needle and doesn't even connect to the yarn at all!!! Now i get it.I figured, since it had the little slit, that I attachedit to the yarn.

Wow, what a nearly beautiful felting project I almost had. Oh well, next time it will be perfect!

Live and learn!
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Just my 2, but I personally do not generally like the split ring stitch markers. They have their purposes, but for general use, I find them a poor substitute for the non-split rings.
I've had problems with the split rings getting caught on things and some have come off my needles unexpectedly.

My favorite stitch markers, are the rubber ones.
Like these (scroll down)
I have had regular plastic stitch markers break, but these never do. Love 'em.
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:46 PM   #9
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Some of mine have come off, too.
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Old 07-26-2005, 09:31 AM   #10
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wow been using mine wrong too good thing for this post. Mine are open then you can snap them close so I was placing them on the knit stich and closing them thanks guys!! :D
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