Markers

Why do you use markers? I’ve been knitting for a long time and did all sorts of projects and never had to use markers.

I was just wondering :shrug:

when I first started to knit I bought them cause I had to have everything :teehee: now I don’t use them very much… I do think they come in handy when I knit lace… I use them to seprate the pattern repeats… I will also use them when I have to CO a large number place one after the 50th/100th st… I know some use them to mark the beginning of a round too but I just use my CO tail … I use them with sweaters to mark the shoulder sections too… :happydance:

Markers just make a spot in your knitting easy to find. I just finished a sweater (yay) and I used markers to keep track of the different inc and dec, find where the shoulders go quickly, that sort of thing. They make a certain stich stand out “Remember me, knit me different” :stuck_out_tongue: You can also use them to avoid counting a lot of stiches. For example if you’re doing things 52-55 st from the edge. You could put a marker at 50 st and only have to count 2-5. Of course if you remember where your different st is and that the next row is one st over from that then you wouldn’t need a marker there.

i like to use markers when i have a pattern. one of my current projects has 4 sections, so i have double markers (they’re thin) for a change in stitch and singles to mark off easy to count groups. i often use them just to help me count off stitches as i often knit while something else is going on, so there’s a lot of stop start. it makes it easier for me to knit say a group of twenty so i dont have to remember where i’m at in the row.

Markers are good for marking where to increase or decrease, so you don’t have to count each time… patterns will say to knit within 2 stitches of the marker and then Inc. or Dec… I also use markers when casting on, putting a marker every 20 COs or so… then I use a different color when i get to 100. Make it wasier to get back into it if I lose count.

I ALSO use the hangy-type stitch markers to hold a stitch I’ve dropped until I can knit around to it. They’re good for marking rows, too, so you can follow directions like “INC 2 sts every 6 rows 4 times” without needing pencil and paper. AND if you do use pencil and paper, and LOSE the paper, you can easily see where you left off.

Finally, I use them when converting a flat knit pattern to a knit in the round. I use one marker for the beginning of the round, which I make the “center back” , and then I use 2 other differetn colored markers for where the side seams would be, so I know where to inc and dec.

You can also use them to mark cable or lace panels… say you want a cable panel of 20 stitches in the center of a seed stith scarf… well, you just place a marker on the needles to mark the beginning and end of the cable panel, and you know where to follow the chart. I suppose you could use this methbod for a sweater that had multiple cable charts as well… chart A goes between the blue markers, chart B goes b/t the red markers, etc…

i love stitch markers. :heart:

I use markers for things that are repetitive so I don’t have to count. Like for decreases on hats and increases/decreases on sweaters, etc. It saves a lot of mistakes when you are watching TV or something while knitting.

I have some wonderful little metal rings I’ve been using as markers for ages. I don’t think I’ve ever done a project without them.