What does place a marker mean?

Sorry, sorry… I know these are way easy things, but I just dont get it…

my pattern says CO 50 st…place a marker and join

join what?? I havent used a marker yet… What can I use as a marker??

Depending on the size of your needle you can use a paper clip, a piece of scrap yarn tied in a small circle, a washer or anything you want that will fit over your needle. In this case, you’re going to be knitting in the round and need something that will mark the beginning each new round so you can keep track of where you are. So it needs to be something that will fit on your needle you can slip from one to the other when you come to it again.

As for joining, when you’ve cast on, put the needle tip with the first cast on in your left hand and the other needle that has the yarn going to the skein in your right and begin knitting. Or purling or whatever the first row of your pattern is.


If you still need help check out Amy’s video her. “Large Diameter Circular Knitting” in Advanced Techniques on a tab at the top of this page. Good luck.

I am doing a pattern on straight needles that says to place markers but they are supposed to stay in place and not be slipped to each row. I know this sounds silly, but how do you do this? And how do you get them off of the finished garment? I just put in a lifeline to mark the row but there has to be another way, right?

You can use a safety pin, or there are markers that are slit so you can use them as regular markers or stitch markers, or you can tie a little piece of yarn on the stitch you want to mark.

Hoop earrings make good stitch markers! They can go on needles or onto the knitted fabric. When you join in the round, switching the first and last cast-on stitches, one through the other, is the best method I’ve found to give the best join.
I usually leave the tail dangling free, and that can mark the beginning of the round until I have enough length to apply a safety pin. I also like using loops of wool in a different colour for my markers, I’ve never bought or used ‘proper’ stitch markers. You can buy or make some very pretty beaded ones too.