My favorite mail order source for beads:
even has the alpha and number beads in costlier gold plate and silver plate for those among us who want to create some heirloom markers.
Typical stitch markers look like this:
These stitch markers are fine – but you can’t really use them for hook markers. You have to create your own version of these. Some people use earring wires to create markers:
Again, these work fine for stitch markers – but they will also hold a bead to use as a hook marker too. A variety of types of earring wires is available. This type (spring back) will have the most secure hold.
Others use a bunch of different things for stitch markers:
safety pins with coils
pieces of yarn
plastic bread bag closures.
These all work fine, the paper clips and regular safety pins can snag yarn and bobby pins just don’t make sense to me, although they are commonly used so they must work. Seems like they could easily be dislodged. The little pieces of yarn work well – but cutting and tying them on makes me crazy! And twist ties – well they just belong in the kitchen IMO! Of course, they’re ‘free’ since we all get so many of them at the grocery store. And, those plastic bread bag tags just don’t seem secure to me at all, although they can be written on with a marker.
Thanks to one of my readers for pointing out that I hadn’t actually included the directions for making one’s own stitch markers.Â Sorry!Â Here’s what I do:
Choose the size coil-free safety pin that I want – I use smaller ones for stitch markers and larger ones for hook markers.
Slide a number or alpha bead onto the safety pin.
Simple as that!Â I’ll add that those small M&M plastic tubes are perfect for storing your markers in.Â Of course, Altoid tins and other small containers work fine too, but I prefer the M&M tins because one can crochet a cute little cover for the tube to further personalize it.
So, be adventurous and make your own markers. They’re inexpensive and fun to make and allow you yet another area in which to express your individuality and creativity!
By jd wolfe