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DIY Crochet Stitch Markers

I’m the type of person who likes pretty, fun and quirky things.

When I crochet something, my aim is always to make it a little bit special. So when I started getting into Amigurumi last year, and realised I needed stitch markers, I found the options in my local craft store utterly uninspiring.

Plastic, cheap and bleh, many shop-bought stitch markers just don’t get my creative juices flowing. Sure they’re functional, but c’mon, can’t we aim higher than just functional?

I needed something NOW, so there was no time to buy some of the lovely options on Etsy (seriously, check them out, they’re adorable). So, I headed along to a DIY store and bought some jewellery making basics: pliers, rings, lobster claw clasps and pretty beads, to make my first set of beaded crochet markers.

Making your own stitch markers is really easy and a fun project to do with a group of fellow crafters. Below I’ve listed some of the different markers I’ve made, and some basic instructions on how to make them.

1. Beaded Stitch Markers

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To make these markers, I simply took a jump ring and opened it enough to thread 4 little beads onto the ring. I then added a lobster claw clasp and closed the ring with my trusty pair of long-nosed pliers. For the longer marker, I threaded some cotton through the lobster claw clasp, threaded on the beads and tied the cotton off around a bead to secure it. Very simple and they are lovely markers to use!

2. Emoji Stitch Markers

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At the moment they’re giving out free emoji toys in the Coop Supermarkets in Switzerland. The emoji toys are made out of a soft rubber and have a little stem with a suction cup on the end. Why you ask? No one knows! I have no idea what they expect people to do with these emojis. But they’re freaking cute so I have been collecting them. My original idea was to use them as wine glass markers, but they don’t stick so well.

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My emoji collection

But I thought they could make some pretty sweet crochet stitch markers! The ones with the round heads need a really large jump ring to attach to a lobster claw clasp, so I chose the emojis with a thinner tip to get the jump ring through. I then brutally hacked off the stems. I used a sock darning needle to stab the emojis ruthlessly through the ear/finger/top of the poo, opened up a jump ring and forced it through the hole. I was starting to feel a bit cruel at this stage, but I continued nevertheless. I added a lobster claw, closed with the pliers and ta da! Emoji stitch markers.

3. Metal Charm Stitch Markers

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These are probably the most professional-looking stitch markers of the lot, but they are more expensive to make if you’re buying the charms. I just threaded the charms on a split ring, and added a lobster claw clasp. Voila! Etsy-worthy stitch markers.

These are just a few ideas for making your own crochet stitch markers. I’m sure you will also come up with some awesome ideas. I would love to see what you come up with, so use the Instagram hashtag #diystitchmarkers and tag me @creating_time so I can share.

I look forward to seeing your masterpieces!

Katie

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10 thoughts on “DIY Crochet Stitch Markers

      1. Very true! In fact I also have some crystal stitch markers that look almost too cute to be stitch markers. I might have to use them as charms instead 😊 Honestly, almost anything pretty you have lying around can be turned into markers, I’ve seen some lovely reclaimed jewelry ones on Instagram too. 😍

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