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How to Use Stitch Markers

By: Chris Hammond for allfreecrochet.com

How to Use Stitch Markers
How to Use Stitch Markers
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Ever wonder how to use stitch markers when it comes to your crochet projects? This How to Use Stitch Markers crochet video is the perfect outline of not only when you can use stitch markers, but also the different kinds you can use as well. This is a super helpful guide for crochet beginners that are looking to start more complex projects. Stitch markers have a fantastic number of uses so learning how to use them can be super beneficial in your next crochet project! 

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How to Use Stitch Markers

Why Use Stitch Markers

  1. Pattern with a Repeat: If you are creating a pattern that has a repeat, it is a great way to help yourself remember that it is time for you to switch to a different kind of stitch, or repeat a stitch. 

  2. Beginning of a Row: This can be great to remind you of a new row if you are knitting in a round, or as an indicator for when it is time to increase or decrease a row as well. 

  3. How Many Stitches: If you are working on larger projects, this can help you to mark how many stitches you've done. This way you can mark every 5, 10, 20 etc. stitches just to keep yourself aware.

    These are also great for larger projects that you cannot finish in a night. This way you can see where you have left off and where to pick back up. 

Types of Stitch Markers

  1. Safety Pin: This is a specific kind of stitch marker that looks just like a safety pin. If you are having trouble finding these at the store an actual safety pin would work just as well. 

    These specific stitch markers are great for helping you to remember to make a special stitch or something because they stay put very nicely. 

  2. Scrap of Yarn: You can create a looped scrap of yarn which can also be very helpful if you are knitting, and you can easily make this yourself at home. 

    Then while you are knitting on your needle you can place the scrap of yarn so that you are aware of how many stitches you have completed or where you would like to create a special stitch. 

  3. Jump Rings: You can find these in tons of different sizes and colors. These are great because they slip right on your needle and they don't damage your yarn while you are using them.

    You can use this very similar to the spare piece of yarn. This is great for knowing your pattern repeats or when to increase or decrease a stitch. 

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Another basic tutorial that could so easily seem just to simple to waste time on. In reality, however, using stitch markers can make any more complicated pattern so much more manageable and easy to keep track of exactly where one is in relation to the most recent stitch or row marker. I really recommend this for anyone crocheting or knitting, it saves such a lot of stopping and counting of stitches or rows.

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