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How to Make Stitch Markers

Updated on January 8, 2015

Making Stitch Markers

If you want to know how to make stitch markers, you've come to the right place.

Knitters and crocheters use stitch markers to, well, mark their stitches. I have to admit that I personally don't knit or crochet, but I do like beading. I think of making beaded stitch markers as making jewelry for yarn.

If you knit or crochet, you can use the stitch markers you make. If not, you can make stitch markers as gifts or maybe you'll want to sell them.

This photo shows some beaded stitch markers I made using a glass turtle bead and small green glass beads.

Photo credit: Peggy Hazelwood

How to Make Stitch Markers

Making stitch markers is easy and takes just a few simple steps. These instructions correspond to the step-by-step photos shown below.

  1. Choose your supplies: split rings, headpins, beads
  2. Gather your jewelry tools: flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire cutter (also called flush cutters because the flat edge sits flush against the wire to cut), spit ring pliers (not 100% necessary but these pliers will save your thumbnails and keep the cursing to a minimum). A bead mat is very handy for keeping all of your beads and findings (headpins, any wire pieces like split rings, etc.) from rolling away.
  3. String the beads on the headpins. Decide how elaborate or simple your beaded stitch markers will be. NOTE: Only use "smooth" beads that won't snag the fabric (the knitted or crocheted yarn). Beads with any sharp edges should not be used for stitch markers.
  4. To make a loop on the headpin, first, use the flat nose pliers to bend the headpin, as shown in the photo that follows. Make a right angle. Next, use the round nose pliers to form a loop by bending the wire of the headpin around one of the round portions of the round nose pliers. Use the flat nose pliers to grasp the end of the headpin. Wrap the headpin around the headpin under the loop.
  5. Clean up the stitch marker. All that's left is to trim the tail of the headpin. Be sure to cup your hand over the wire so the tail doesn't go shooting across the room. Use the flat nose pliers to straighten the loop, if needed.
  6. Add the split ring. Use the split ring pliers to open the split ring and slide the loop onto the split ring. Work the loop of the stitch marker around the split ring until the loop clears the "doubled" part of the split ring so it is secure.

Photos of How to Make Stitch Markers - These photos go with the directions above.

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Supplies needed for making stitch markers:  split rings (those little circles that look like key rings), headpins, and beads. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.Jewelry tools:  from top left, flat nose pliers (black handle); round nose pliers (purple handle); wire cutter (orange handle); and split ring pliers (black handle).Thread beads on the headpins.Make a right angle with the flat nose pliers.Loop with tail ready to cut off.Split ring pliers opening the split ring to slide the loop on.Completed stitch marker.Crystal bead stitch marker.
Supplies needed for making stitch markers:  split rings (those little circles that look like key rings), headpins, and beads. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
Supplies needed for making stitch markers: split rings (those little circles that look like key rings), headpins, and beads. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood. | Source
Jewelry tools:  from top left, flat nose pliers (black handle); round nose pliers (purple handle); wire cutter (orange handle); and split ring pliers (black handle).
Jewelry tools: from top left, flat nose pliers (black handle); round nose pliers (purple handle); wire cutter (orange handle); and split ring pliers (black handle).
Thread beads on the headpins.
Thread beads on the headpins.
Make a right angle with the flat nose pliers.
Make a right angle with the flat nose pliers.
Loop with tail ready to cut off.
Loop with tail ready to cut off.
Split ring pliers opening the split ring to slide the loop on.
Split ring pliers opening the split ring to slide the loop on.
Completed stitch marker.
Completed stitch marker.
Crystal bead stitch marker.
Crystal bead stitch marker.

Split Ring Pliers to Make Stitch Markers

Split ring pliers are totally necessary when working with split rings (little key rings). This tool opens the ring so you can slide the loop of the stitch markers on to the ring.

It will save your thumbnail (and save you lots of headaches!).

Stitch Markers - Some ideas for how to make sets of stitch markers.

Strawberry and blueberries stitch markers made with  a ceramic strawberry bead and Czech glass faceted beads. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
Strawberry and blueberries stitch markers made with a ceramic strawberry bead and Czech glass faceted beads. All photos here by Peggy Hazelwood. | Source
Beaded stitch markers with large glass leaf bead and smaller swirl round beads.
Beaded stitch markers with large glass leaf bead and smaller swirl round beads.
These stitch markers use the round portion of toggle clasps instead of split rings.
These stitch markers use the round portion of toggle clasps instead of split rings.

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Supplies for Making Stitch Markers

Split Rings

BFlowerYan 50 Split Rings Nickel Plated 9mm
BFlowerYan 50 Split Rings Nickel Plated 9mm

Split rings are like little key rings. They work great to hang a dangle or charm from to make pretty stitch markers.

 

Give Stitch Markers as Gifts

Stitch markers make a great gift for knitters

that they'll use and appreciate.

Add some yarn or a gift certificate

to a yarn store and you're set!

Knitting Books

Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

Find the perfect knitting project to try out your stitch markers on.

 

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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Do You Knit or Crochet? Do You Make Stitch Markers?

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      janddsnenee 4 years ago

      Yes I do Knit and Crochet with my cat rather want to or not lolo. And yes I make stitch markers.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've never used stitch markers but I can see where they'd come in handy... and there's some great ideas here for making them. Thanks!

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      no, i craft only digital :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now I have never noticed stich markers before and I just got stars in my eyes with these. I do enjoy making jewelry and just realized what a great gift idea stich markers would be for those who knit and crochet, a very nicely done DIY...you have such great ideas!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love crochet. I want to make some of these clever stitch markers...they sure beat the old safety pins I'm currently using. :)

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      attraction 42 5 years ago

      My mother knit and crochet. For this you need a lot of patience.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very useful! Thanks for sharing!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I used to knit and crochet at primary school, but haven't done anything since really. These look really nice.

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      pianolessongirl 6 years ago

      I love these kinds of things. I don't knit or crochet with a cat, because I'm allergic to cats....but I do knit and crochet. I absolutely love it. I do a lot of baby blankets, I actually just finished one last night! *EXCITEMENT*! Thanks for this awesome lens!

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