I don't have any stitch markers and the nearest craft store is at least 30 minutes away... Is there anything I can use from around the house/office for stitch markers? I am a new knitter here and I am not even sure what they look like!
DD Julia Wren ~~6/29/07~~
While the pre-made or crafted stitch markers are nice to have -- they're pretty and are easy to find in your work -- you can use almost anything for a stitch marker. Just make sure it fits over your needle and slides along easily without falling off. I usually just take a piece of contrasting yarn and tie it into a loop. That works just fine. But I've known other knitters who've used the plastic clips from bread bags or the wire ties from garbage bags. That should give you some alternatives until you can get to your craft store!
I'm a 3rd opinion for the loop of contrasting yarn - if for no other reason than when it falls on the floor and one of the dogs grabs it before I do I really don't have to worry if I never see it again.
You can also use your contrasting strip of yarn as a marker that you "weave" between the rows as your work progresses. In other words, put it at right angles to your work where you want to work. Work a few rows/rounds, ignoring the yarn half sticking out on either side of your work.
Now take the inside end of the contrasting yarn - and, between the same stitches, place it on the outside of your work. Now you have the yarn's butt and head ends both facing the right side of your work. Work a few more rows.
Keep doing this every few rows. The contrasting color catches your eye and serves as a great marker. And the weaving one end in-and-out, right side to wrong side back to right side, anchors the yarn strand, making it less likely to fall on the floor and get eaten by cats. Or mice. Or vacuum cleaners. Or whatever.
I little piece of yarn works well.
I've got too many stitch markers...just the simple little plastic circles. But if you'd like, I can send you some.
PM your address, and I'll get them in the mail today or tomorrow.
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