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Stitch Markers

Choose some pre-made bead cluster pieces (little charms that are used in jewelry-making and come with the jump ring--a metal circle--already attached) or metal charms and jump rings. In other words, if the little charms do not come with jump rings attached, you will need these, too. The bead clusters that I used, as seen in the photo, are by the bead/jewelry company Cousin.

Use two pairs of pliers (jewelry-making ones, if possible) to attach a charm to a jump ring. You can skip this step, of course, if your charm/cluster came with a jump ring already attached--but you'll still need to open it. Do not close the jump ring yet.

Attach the jump ring to the loop of a lobster clasp (approximately 9 mm on its longest length is a decent size; larger sizes will be able to go around the yarn better, or even be placed on a knitting needle) and use the pliers to close the jump ring. Be careful of the lobster clasps, using only high quality ones. I had a pack where the prong of almost every clasp would drop after its first use, rendering it slightly open, which isn't very useful when you're trying to keep good track of your stitches. It would have been even less useful for a lobster clasp's primary use of keeping jewelry from falling off!

To make a more elaborate stitch marker or a zipper pull, you can add another charm or bead cluster to the jump ring, another to its jump ring, and on and on, making a line. Don't go overboard, though, since it's more difficult to knit or crochet if a lot of weight is hanging from your project. This type of design is better suited for a zipper pull (see the notes, below).

The top five stitch markers shown use one charm each. The bottom two have a chain of three each. It's "artsy" to work in odd numbers.

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This is an easy craft that will yield beautifully useful results. If you're like me and don't like marking your stitches, these stitch markers may help you enjoy it more! They will at least try their best. A stitch marker or two (or three or four) would also make a wonderful little gift for someone you know who enjoys knitting or crocheting.

This type of stitch marker attaches to the yarn (when crocheting or knitting), rather than going on a knitting needle. However, if using a small enough needle, you can of course use it that way as well. When knitting with larger needles you can hook it to one loop. When crocheting, I like to place the lobster claw through both loops of a stitch, so that the weight of the marker doesn't pull the loop one way or the other.

You can also use stitch markers on zippers. They make a pretty little accent on things like clothes or bags/purses. Choose strong jump rings if using them for zipper pulls, and, when using, try not to pull on the beads and jump rings, but rather on the zipper itself or the lobster clasp. The two items on the bottom would make "charm"ing zipper pulls--or unwieldy stitch markers!

Have fun!

Providing crafts since October 2011. Stitch marker instructions from January 2013. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Millie. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.