Monday, January 14, 2013

DIY: Stitch Markers for Yarn lovers!

I've been delving into the joys of knit and crochet in the past few weeks. Alot of the patterns I was looking at called for stitch markers. When I looked at the offerings in my local hobbycraft and haberdashery? Well they were just a bit blaaaaah. Just as with yarn, fabric, and everything else; using something a bit nice when "making" just makes the whole process that bit more pleasurable, don't you think? So I decided to make my own by repurposing some old jewelry and a bit of wire....

If you want to make your own it really is super simple. Here's what you'll need...

1. Wrap your wire around a knitting needle to get the size loop you want
2. Twist the loop one full rotation to close the loop
3. Cut both straight ends using wire cutters. The length you cut them will depend on the size of bead you're using. Just be sure to cut them the same length.
4. You'll end up with this
5. Use round nose pliers to bend the ends of the wire in to create a mini "hanger" shape
6. Slot the ends into the bead (you may have to trim a smidge off the ends of the wire) so that the ends of the wire meet inside the bead. Done!

Below is an alternative design. You can see that instead of the "mini hanger" shape I've formed a tiny loop at the base. You can then hang charms etc from it OR use jewelry headpins to create your own from old beads, as shown. The difference between this style and the one above is that in the first style the cut ends are buried inside the bead so are completely snag free. With the style below you have to take care that the cut ends of the wire do not stick out. It just takes a bit of practice :)

Recycling old jewelry AND prettier than those plastic things you can buy in the shops. Sorted!


13 comments :

  1. I agree that the ones in the shops are really boring! A lovely friend made me a beautiful set for last Xmas and I've wonder how she did it ever since. So thanks for sharing, this is a great tutorial and a great idea!

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  2. I've recently started knitting. Thanks for this tutorial, I will have to try it.

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  3. Genius! I was just about to order some of those boring plastic rings. But i can instead dig out my jewelry making supplies and get creative. Jewelry for my knitting needles!

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  4. This is a lovely idea for a gift for a knitter.

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  5. These are so pretty - I might have a go too :)
    I've just come across your blog and I love it - looking forward to more in my inbox!
    Your posts about adjusting darts on a muslin are fantastic - I'm in the middle of learning to do just that - so thanks :)

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  6. You total star!! This is genius. I've been using safety pins for the rare stitch I need to mark. Not having any proper ones has put me off trying anything more adventurous. I have all of these raw materials! Thank you miss p !

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  7. This is absolutely adorable!! What a good idea. I'm always hoarding cheap broken jewellery and am SO OVER all those diy friendship charm bracelets that just seem to plague pinterest... This is beautiful AND useful. Amazing! Pinning this now.

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  8. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. =) The stitch markers I'm currenly using are really boring (they're just little plastic rings) and I can't believe it never occured to me to spruce them up!

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  9. Really beautiful and trendy! I'll share your post in my blog: if you like, come to http://riusocreativo.blogspot.it ! If you like, come on ... I'd be happy! Anna

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  10. Thank you so much! This is an amazing idea.

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