knit one, purl two

I made some stitch markers for the Minlaw (mother-in-law) because her plastic ones aren't very sturdy. I made about a dozen or so before I found a simple design that I thought she might like.

The key to these is making sure all of the wire ends are smoothed and that you use a closed ring so that the metal does not catch on the yarn.  I made these with what I happened to have on hand, though if I were going to make these all the time I would invest in several sizes of closed jump rings.

These markers are for her US size 7 needles, which are 4.5 mm, though they'd fit up to an 8mm needle.  I can't knit to save my life so I have no experience with what the size of the loop might mean while being used.


I also experimented with hand wrapping the wire on the top to be just slightly larger than the needles and I think they'd work just fine, but I didn't like that they weren't as uniform.    According to what I've seen on Etsy considering these are made with lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals, they would probably sell for $10 or $12 for the set.   The Minlaw gets these for free and I'm hoping she'll show them off in her knitting class!


  1. Thanks so much for visiting Purple Lemon Designs today, Jen! Your blog is great...Love the photos!


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