|A representation of my stitch marker collection|
One of my friends says that she thinks of her fancy stitch markers as jewelry for her knitting. I admire that, because I'm not a super-fan of stitch markers. They interrupt my flow of knitting, so I only use them when absolutely necessary, such as at the beginning of a row and to separate stitch patterns within a row (a cable from its reverse-stockinette background, for example).
And I pretty much only use the flexible rubber markers because I feel like they transfer from needle to needle the easiest. You can see at left though, that I do have a good collection of markers! I get them as gifts a lot, and I enjoy seeing them in my notions bag.
When I came upon Interweave Knits editor and Knitting Daily TV host Eunny Jang's video about new ways to use stitch markers, I was intrigued. She has some great ideas, as always. Here she is.
I like the idea of using markers to keep track of decreases, specifically those knit-2-togethers that are sometimes hard to find (especially on dark yarn).
Oh, I forgot one of my other marker-using situations—when I cast on a bunch of stitches, I place a marker very 10, 20, or 50 stitches, depending on how many total stitches I have to cast on. That way I only have to count small groups of stitches instead of hundreds. (Be sure and double check that your increment is correct before you place your marker, or you'll end up with the wrong stitch count despite your good intentions!)
And for more how-to-knit tips and tricks from Eunny and Co., watch Knitting Daily TV today, now available as single episode downloads!