Stitch markers. We love them. (except auto-correct which keeps trying to make them markets…damn it) But this is about us – and we love them as jewelry. As decorations. And even to…mark stitches.
I’ve tried many. Decorative, plain, removable – you name it. But the one I keep going back to is:
Yep. Cheapo little hair elastics. Why? They’re:
- easy to buy at lots of places
- sized to fit on most needles
- easy to slip from needle to needle
- great to see when you want to know how much is left before you get to that place (oh come on, you know you do that too)
The package even stands in for a chart place keeper.
Why do I love these more than the others?
The thin-ness. They don’t create a hole in my knitting.
The lack of expense. A package of 500 just costs $5.00 on Amazon (affiliate link) (yes, that’s 1 CENT each) and they’re Prime so, free shipping. If you’re like me, you lose stitch markers ALL. THE. TIME. Don’t tell me I’m the only one. My couch uses them as decorations. My cats use them as toys.
Easy to get. I can stop by my local Target, pharmacy or even a supermarket. Or order them via Amazon Prime and get them delivered for free.
Go for the multi-colored pack so they can stand out with all your knitting. Don’t go just for one color because that one color is sure to blend in with something.
Still not convinced you need to use stitch markers? I use them in lots of ways:
- Marking the start of a row when knitting in the round
- Marking each repeat when knitting a more complicated stitch pattern
- Marking the start and end of a section to make it easier to knit
I still use the removable ones when I need to remove them. But for every day – little hair elastics all the way.