Free Stitch Markers

August 31, 2008 § 1 Comment

stitch marker

No, I’m not giving away any kind of special stitch markers, but you can make these yourself for free in a snap. A wise knitter (my grandma) passed on this great idea to use short lengths of plastic straws as stitch markers. They are free (recycle one from a yummy milkshake) and they come in lots of different colors and sizes. The best thing is that when you drop it on the bus or it flies behind the bookshelf it’s no big deal. I keep a short length of a couple of different colored straws in my little notions bag that I keep with me when I am knitting and cut a new marker when needed. They can be cut really thin or thick and used over and over.

Right now I am still working on the OK mittens (old progress about OK mittens here and here) and I’m using different colored markers for the thumb gusset than the marker for the beginning of the row. Generally I don’t knit with size 15 needles or anything like that so I never need a really big stitch marker, and little straws work really well for small needles sizes, like for socks. I got the pretty blue straw along with a green, pink, and orange straw at an ice cream place on the beach. Another good reason to have a Cannon Ball (vanilla bean ice cream floating in espresso).

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