A stitch marker is an extremely useful tool to have in your knitting or crochet toolkit. I have been knitting and crocheting for over 30 years but only came to appreciate stitch markers in the last 5 and wondered how I managed all those years without them.
They are generally known as stitch markers but are also known as knitting notions.
In knitting stitch markers are particularly useful when you have a lot of pattern changes along your row (e.g. cables or lace patterns). You can place the stitch markers on your knitting needle at the point where you have a pattern change. This will remind you that the next stitch is different from what you have done before. You can use as many stitch markers as you like along your row. Simply slip the rings from your left to your right needle as you knit.
If you need to mark where there is an increase or decrease in your pattern, you can use stitch markers.
They are useful for keeping count especially if you have a lot of stitches. For example, you can place a stitch marker every 20 stitches. You will then be able to see if there is a particular section with a stitch missing which could have been dropped. Use a marker to hold that dropped stitch so it won’t unravel any further until you can fix your error. You will need a locking stitch marker (lobster clasp or bulb style) for this.
Use a lobster clasp or bulb style stitch marker to clip to the right side of your work so you will always know throughout your pattern.
Most knitters generally prefer to use the ring type which sit neatly on your needle although as we have said, the lobster clasp type or bulb style can also be clipped to a stitch and then unclipped and/or moved when you don’t need it anymore.
In crochet you will always use the lobster clasp type as you only generally have one stitch on your hook. When you leave your project for a while, clip the stitch marker to your stitch. This will stop your work unravelling. They can also be used to mark certain areas or rounds of your work where there is a change or point you may need to refer to later.
You can also use it to mark the right side of your work.
So as you can see, stitch markers are a most useful tool. If you have pretty ones too that just makes the experience so much more fun. They also make great gifts for the knitter or crocheter in your life!