With the overwhelming array of stitch markers available, how do I choose the ones I use? I’ve standardized on a style that is versatile for both knit and crochet. I use these coil-less bulb (pear?) pins.
They work great for both knit and crochet, they can be used like a ring marker for most of my knitting, and I can lock it in place if needed. As the majority of my knitting is accomplished on needles less than 5mm in diameter these pins slide over.
They are also helpful for securing swatches to project bags. I keep a collection on the outside of my bags and almost always have one or two clipped into my cuff. Yes I have left the house this way. It’s no surprise, I once left the office with two pens stuck in my bun. When did I discover that? When I was halfway home and needed to write something down, at which point I noticed I had added a circular needle at some point during my commute.
If I need to differentiate the stitch marker, for example to mark the beginning of a round, then I clip on a charm. I love Ann Tudor‘s stitch markers. She offers them with different clasp options, and I find the lobster clasp is the most versatile.
What stitch markers should you choose?
Find a style that makes you happy and you like. Crocheters need something that can be removed, unless you want to make them a design element. For knitting it’s personal preference. Many love snag free markers. You’ll notice I’m not linking to any plastic markers. I break them too quickly and have given up. While I think these would be more durable, having markers that the cats and kittens are less likely to steal are a high priority for me.
Where do I buy mine?
I buy in bulk. When I source a darning/tapestry needle supply I have a plan for all these notions. Hint: in involves the post office.