When I created this meme, I didn’t expect the reaction it would get on social media. I created this meme out of sheer frustration and it seems that there are many knitters who share that frustration. Let’s be honest, stitch markers are like socks and tupperware lids; they disappear into some magical world we don’t have access to. And they are not cheap to replace either.
I have several types of stitch markers.
I have a whole tin full of pear pins, most of them antique brass, with a few colourful ones in between. These work fine most of the time. Sometime however, they flip and the narrow end gets stuck somewhere in the knitting. Needless to say, that frustrate the living daylights out of me. The other downfall for these little pear pins is that they don’t work well with bigger needles. And I love knitting with heavier yarn, especially in winter.
Then I have some that my friend made me. The bigger rings are ideal to use on thicker needles, but the small little gap in the ring sometimes snags the yarn, especially thin yarn such a thin lace strand of Kid Mohair.
These little owls with the dog claps are cute, but I never use them as stitch markers. They are too small, plus, the little lever often snags the knitting. They are however very handy when you join to knit in the round; I pull the two pieces together securely with these little owls.
But…. I recently sold my Chiaogoo knitting needles as I had a reaction on my hands to the metal needles. I had the most painful blisters you can imagine whenever I knitted with the steel needles. As knitting is a daily activity for me, it was a no-brainer to change knitting needles once we identified the problem. So I bought the Knitpro Ginger set from Jaarn. These needles are made from hardwood and not metal. I am very happy to report that the blisters are something of the past! Unfortunately, the wooden needles presented a new problem. Stitch markers.
With metal needles, any stitch marker can be used without any damage to the needle. Wooden needles on the other hand, can be damaged with hard stitch markers. There were a few occasions where I could feel the stitch marker scratching the needle, and it freaked me out completely. I really don’t want to damage these needles. So I had to find an alternative. Something soft that won’t damage or scratch the needles.
I went through all the online shops in South Africa. I found one type that could work, but paying R235 for 20 stitch markers? Nope. Uh-uh. No ways. Not in a million years. I lose them too fast!
Then I got an idea. Hair bands. I toyed with the idea in my head for a few days and decided to give it a try. I bought a pack of 100 seamless, soft, material hair bands, for only R35. That is a financial pleasure! I tried to use it as is, but it was in the way. The hair band was too big. So I decided to tie a knot. And it worked!
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the best, and cheapest stitch markers ever!
These little cuties only have advantages.
- They slide effortlessly.
- There is no danger of potential damage to the needle.
- They don’t disappear so easily as they are brightly coloured and substantially bigger than the small metal ones.
- They don’t snag the knitting.
- They don’t poke in where they don’t belong.
- They fit even the biggest needle in my set.
- But the best part is the price; 35 cents a piece.