Dare to Make It: Holiday

Dare to Make It:  Holiday

Make It: Beaded Stitch Markers!

comments (1) November 9th, 2008     

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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This set of four beaded stitch markers looks pretty on a strand of tinsel—or slip them onto a chain or ribbon for a fun pendant assortment!
Each stitch marker consists of a beaded dangle on a large jump ring that slips right onto a knitting needle.
This set of four beaded stitch markers looks pretty on a strand of tinsel—or slip them onto a chain or ribbon for a fun pendant assortment!

This set of four beaded stitch markers looks pretty on a strand of tinsel—or slip them onto a chain or ribbon for a fun pendant assortment!

Photo: Susan Beal

For a quick little holiday gift for a crafty friend or a useful set for your own knitting, grab your pliers and make up some fun little beaded stitch markers! You can use any beads that you like, as long as they don't have sharp edges that could catch on your yarn, but I especially like to use lighter-weight beads in bright colors for easy knitting-around.

For a set of four stitch markers, you'll need:

  • Pliers
  • Four eyepins
  • Four assorted colorful beads of your choice
  • Seed beads
  • Four large jump rings

1. Stack one seed bead, one colorful bead, and another seed bead onto your first eyepin. Now you'll transform it into a bead dangle by creating a wrapped loop with your pliers—here's a video I made to show you how!

2. Repeat step 1 to make three more bead dangles the same way.

3. Now use your pliers to open each of the four large jump rings.

4. Slip one bead dangle onto each one and close the rings securely.

For gift giving, how about putting the set of stitch markers on a strand of wired tinsel or a pretty ribbon? You could also slip them right onto a chain or neckwire for a fun assorted-beads-pendant look, so the lucky knitter will always have her stitch markers close at hand!

 

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Comments (1)

zlee writes: Made 'em! I just started knitting on New Year's Eve. My first project that actually needed stitch markers (I can't seem to keep track after 50 stitches when casting on) and a row marker is hats/helmet liners for the Knitting 4 Our Troops project in Denver. I'm on my second now, and enjoying using my new stitch markers, which are much more fun to use than scraps of yarn or plastic rings. Swarovski crystals, a coin pearl and five headpins out of my beading stash -- easy! My partner says the hat looks like it's being made for some mad university teacher, but I think it's like jewelry for your circular needles! Thanks for the idea!
Posted: 7:51 am on January 17th
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