23 December 2013

Quick - Easy Inexpensive Holiday Gifts: How to Make Stitch Markers


Happy Holidays!!!!!

This is a quick and easy, and  inexpensive project. It will be a great gift for any knitter from knitter that is just learning, to the experience knitter.   Once you learn the basic of how to make a stitch marker, you can make a stitch marker out of anything.
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Polymer clay Stitch-Markers

These stitch marker are made out of polymer clay, just a basic round ball. I did not show how to make a polymer clay stitch-markers.  This is just a quick last minute gift idea. 



Stitch Markers
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You can also download this in PDF: Stitch Marker Instructions if you would like to save it for later.
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Stitch markers are very valuable tool in knitting, especially when you trying to keep track of knitting in rows, rounds, a location of a repeating pattern design with in a project.

There are stitch markers that look like little plastic safety pins.  You can also use blunt safety pine with no twist ends. These safety pin type of stitch markers are great for row counts

Once you learn how to make a stitch marker, you can use anything as a stitch marker. If you were like the rest of us when beading was popular, you have plenty of beads that are in your beading stash.

This is just a quick instruction step by step how to make your own stitch markers. Sorry, these stitch markers are not for the faint at heart. They are not remotely pretty.In this "How To." I used flat beads, to show you, you do not need to have a jump ring, you can incorporate the wire as a jump ring.
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"How To Make A Stitch Marker"
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Eye Protection:
Make sure you use eye protection when operating any type of tools:




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Tools: You don't necessarily need them, makes life easier.


Measuring Tape


Rotary Tool:  Used with a sanding disc to smooth sharp edges on the wire.  (Optional)





Wire Cutters It will cut 20g wire. You can purchase at WalMart

Round/Half Round Nose Pilers: Will make the wire round if you don't have it. Use a pencil works just as well. Purchase these pliers from a Jewelry Supplier.

Flat Nose Pliers: This has no teeth. If you have regular needle nose pliers tape the teeth. This is so it will not make teeth mark on your wire which will make it rough.  And catch on your knitting.
Jewelry Suppliers:
ebay or amazon.Or you can just tape the teeth of a needle nose pliers.

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20G Craft wire: This use to be sold at Wal-Marts, I'm sure you can purchase this at any craft store
including Hobby Lobby. What ever wire you have that fits through you bead hole. Usually the bead hole is between 16-22g wire. If the bead hole is smaller then a 22g wire, we are looking into seed beads, and fresh water pearls.

Plastic Rings
Sold in:
  • Walmart fabric section
  • JoAnnes, 
  • Michaels
  •  AC Moore
  •  Hobby Lobby (favorite)
  • Harbor Freights
  • ( make sure you have you coupons)
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Flat Beads: Put a little Bling in knitting.
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Eye Protection
As always make sure you use eye protection when operating any type of tools or equipment


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The Making of The Stitch Marker:
There are so many ways to make stitch markers, this is just my way. I do not make them this way all the time.
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Step1:

Cut 1 – 5 inch=12.7 cm

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Step 2:

  • Measure ½ inch from the end of the wire.
  • Use pencil, from ½ inch from line and make a “U” shape.
  • At the U shape near the penchil make square bend on both sides so the will met.



This is the shape you are trying to achieve.

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Step 3:  Slip the bead on.


Close up - what the wire and bead should look like.

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Step 4:

  •  Bend wire half way down.
  •  You might have to cut a little off the top. You see the end of the wire that sticking out pass the bend.
  • Slip the white ring.

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Step 5:

  • Wrap wire around the wire.
  • Use the flat/tape needle nose pliers to help wrap around the wire.
  • The Dremel like tool used with a sand paper disc, will smooth out the sharp edges.
Wear gloves when wrapping the wire. Don't want to stick your fingers.

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Finally Done:

Just 3 things:

1.  Plastic Rings: get a variety pack. (to protect your metal knitting needles.) 

  • Walmart fabric section
  • JoAnnes, 
  • Michaels
  •  AC Moore
  •  Hobby Lobby (favorite)
  • Harbor Freights
  • ( make sure you have you coupons)

2.  Wire.
3.  Beads
4.  You can make polymer clay beads.



My way of making the stitch marker, is not set in stone. Tweak this any way that this will suit you!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!
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