Knitting Help – Stitch Markers, Ring Markers, and Marking a Stitch


[music] In this video we’re going to cover everything
you ever wanted to know about stitch markers. Little questions come up here and there from
different people and I want to just…if you’ve been knitting for a while, this is all old
news to you, but if you’re a new knitter, no one really explains these things, so it’s
my job, I will explain them. And this video is sponsored by Knitter’s Pride. I am using their Platina interchangeable needle
set. You can see there are some pieces missing
because I’m actually using the needles. These are their chrome-plated needles, these
are their fastest needles, they’re great needles for people who are experienced fast knitters,
or for tight knitters, or really anyone who wants to pick up speed. And you will get a close-up look. These needles have a beautiful long taper
and sharp point. They are one of my favorite go-tos. And this interchangeable set has needle sizes
from U.S. 4 to U.S. 11, or 3.5 millimeters to 8 millimeters, so it’s like all the basic
needle sizes that you need. And Knitter’s Pride needles always come in
this…they always come in awesome case where you can keep everything tidy. But we’re here to talk about stitch markers
too. So, well let’s go ahead, I think everything’s
kind of small in close-up, let’s take a look. This background here is my actual current
project that we’re going to use for…I’m gonna use for example. As of filming, this pattern is not available
because it’s in a book that hasn’t been released yet, but as soon as it is, I will let you
know, I will update the video description field. Now most of the stitch markers that you’re
going to need for projects are these little ring markers, like this. And they come in all sizes. This one I think actually fits on my pinky. They come in all sizes and you can get them
simple little ring markers like this with a bead on them, or they have, you know, all
kinds of stuff available if you look on Etsy, stuff hanging off, you know, little cute charms
and stuff like that. I personally prefer these really simple ring
markers with just the little beads on them, and I…these all might be from the same Etsy
shop, and I don’t think the Etsy shop is open anymore, but I can give you some links. I’ll provide some links to…or you can just
search Etsy for stitch markers, ring stitch markers. This is what you’re usually going to use,
and you usually wanna pick a size that’s kind of not too big on your needle, you’ll get
an idea here in a minute. The other kind of stitch markers that you’ll
need are clippie markers, and these are used for marking a stitch or a side. These little plastic markers are, you know,
just a little clip, this is actually a coiless [SP] safety pin, and these are…let me put
those down. These stitch markers like this, just bend
really easily, so you can mark something and close it up, and it just kind of hangs off
the work and looks pretty. So those are different stitch markers, you
have the ring markers and the…well, I’m not sure they’re actually called clippie markers,
they’re called, what are they called, open split ring marker, something like that, and
the coiless safety pins. So what I’m going to do is show you how stitch
markers are often used, using my actual project and my beautiful Platina needles. When a pattern tells you to place marker or
it might just say “PM”, PM is the abbreviation for place marker, what you wanna do is take
a stitch marker that is…that fits on the needle, but it’s not too huge on the needle,
like this one here would be far too big on there. So I’m going to take this one, pop it onto
the right needle, and just keep going. And every time it says “PM”, you knit up to
that spot, pop the marker on the right needle. You see how I dropped it? That’s how they all end up in the sofa cushions,
is because they fall…I miss on the right needle. So that’s how…that’s what place marker is. And if you come up to the abbreviation slip
marker, or you’ll just see “SM”…I’m getting very close to showing you SM. I finished saying what I needed to say before
I got there. Okay. Now, [inaudible 00:05:05] pattern said knit
28 or whatever it was, SM. SM means slip marker, and all I’m going to
do is slip it from the left needle to the right and keep going. Okay, that’s 99% of all the stitch marking…the
ring markers you’re going to use, place marker, slip marker, just slipping it over from left
needle to the right, or popping it on to the right needle. And they always let you know you’re on track. In this pattern I didn’t do it, but it tells
me where I need to increase, to make the chevrons around the diamond pattern. Now, the other thing that you’ll see with
markers is sometimes it’ll say knit 20, whatever, mark the next stitch. You can use a ring marker for that, but oftentimes
when someone says, “Mark the next stitch,” they want you to put a marker in that stitch,
and that’s when a clippie marker is come in handy. You see, I just put this little clippie marker
into that stitch and I can still work it. And the coiless safety pins are actually a
little easier because they’re so thin, just pop that into the stitch. My pattern does not require all of these markers,
but I’m gonna show you how to do that. And then the reason that the marked stitch
is different from the ring marker, the ring marker marks a place between stitches. This is actually marking a stitch. And different patterns, it means different
things. It can mean…oh it can mean all kinds of
different things, just trust your pattern and when it says to mark a stitch, do it like
this with the clippie marker. You can also use a piece of scrap yarn. Like I said, if you’ve been knitting for a
while, this stuff is kind of old hat, but I didn’t have a video out on this and questions
do come up. So that’s kind of everything you ever wanted
to know about stitch markers. Good luck. [music]

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