Make Your Own Crochet Stitch Markers

Sep 3, 2009

A really nice stitch marker is a good thing.
Sure, you can use a paper clip or a piece of string, but a hand-crafted beaded stitch marker makes the whole process of creating crochet even more pleasant.

Stitch markerCrochet markers can do lots of things: mark the beginning of a round, increases or decreases, certain points in a pattern. I also use them to secure my working loop so it doesn't unravel in my crochet bag. And, since I'm always starting new projects, I can't have too many of these little markers.
Plenty of crafters, on Etsy and elsewhere, make markers for knitting with a metal loop that slides onto the needle. It can be tougher to find hand-crafted markers for crochet, with the little clip-on connector. Why not make your own? With just minimal beading skills, you can make a slew of markers.
            









Here's what you need to get started:

The few beading tools you needAll you need are a lobster claw closure, a head pin, and a bead or two that makes you smile, as well as round-nose pliers and cutting pliers.

If you can't tell the difference between a lobster claw and a jump ring or a head pin and wire, that's OK. All those things will be labeled at your local bead shop or craft store. The round-nose pliers and cutting pliers are jewelry tools, in case you were thinking of raiding your household tool chest. Quite possibly, your local bead shop will let you sit down and make these at the shop with their tools. But trust me, you'll soon want some of your own.

Here's how you make a stitch marker.
Slide bead onto head pin:

headpin

Make a simple loop.



For details on how to make this loop, check out this video at Beading Daily.

Nip off the extra wire with the wire cutters. Twist the loop to open, and slide on the lobster claw.



Easy peasy.
And if you get hooked on the whole beading thing (it happens), another final addition to your toolbox is Step-by-Step Beads. This magazine does just what its name says: Every project has detailed step-by-step instructions— with pictures!—for how to turn a pile of beads and wire into a woven bracelet or dangly earrings or a swingy necklace. In just a few steps, you'll be as pretty as your crochet projects!

And when you whip up a few of those stitch markers, share pictures on CrochetMe.com.

Best,





Marcy


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on May 24, 2012 5:49 PM

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on May 24, 2012 11:24 PM

Looking for crochet patterns that echo current trends, but also have long-term wearability? We've got them in the Summer 2012 issue. Lacy cover-ups are perfectly suited to poolside or summer parties. Retro stripes grace crochet tops and dresses. Explore

Barb Worner wrote
on Jul 31, 2012 7:39 PM

Thank you.  I have been working on the Enigma Tunic in hairpin lace and had to find something fast and have been using safety pins with beads to help keep count, but these will work so much easier!  I love your magazine!!