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How to Make Stitch Markers
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.
- Choose your supplies: split rings, headpins, beads
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Have you made stitch markers?
Supplies for Making Stitch Markers
This package contains 144 headpins. That's gross!
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 Needle Gauge
Find the perfect knitting project to try out your stitch markers on.
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