Stitch Markers

I have been a bit unsure about stitch marekers. They often seem very expensive for so little and for a while I was unsure of their merit. I had previously tied a bit of yarn of contrasting colour where I wanted to mark a point in my work, for example when marking repetitions of a pattern to check I had not gone wrong before I got to the end of a row.

However, after some time the yarn comes untied and is no longer of use and needs to be replaced. Surely, I thought there must be something I could use instead that would be just as good but wouldnt cost as much as those little stitch markers.

Then, one day whilst I was at work I found myself staring at my paperclips (in their nice little tray I made!) and thought to myself how perfect they would be – nice loops that are nt too big and slide easily on the needles and can be removed and reinserted if necessary. I had a collection of coloured paper clips to look like numbers which I thought would be great for counting repeated sections so I decided to try them whilst working on the lacework on my shawl (no, it did not get finished in time for my self-imposed deadline!).

number paper clips

number paperclips used as stitch markers on shawl

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So far they seem to be working great and the colours and number are really fun!


6 thoughts on “Stitch Markers

  1. Jenny - thegeekyknit (@riley_jl) says:

    ooo using paperclips is a great idea for stitch markers! I bought some small plastic ones from Amazone which do the trick and were very inexpensive (about £1.50-£2 for 20) however they can snap if you aren’t careful, so when I need to replenish my markers I’ll skip buying them and instead dig out some colour paperclips which I’m sure we have in the house! You don’t find you get a snagging issue or anything right?
    jenny xx


    • H's Handcrafts says:

      So far theyve been fine – mine are the metal ones coated in a plasticcy coloured covering so that might help a bit but I think they would be fine just as metal too. I made sure to put the end that would go over the paper round the needle so that the sharp bits were pointing away from the knitting


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