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I have always loved to make my own things rather than always buying the best and the newest creations on the market. So when it comes to stitch markers, I am just the same way. I use what I have already at home and make my own ones.
Well, usually I use just a piece of yarn to mark my spot when starting a new round when crocheting a project. But when I start multiple different crochet projects (who doesn’t, right?) I sometimes use the same hook for multiple projects. So in order to mark them and remember which hook I used for which project, I decided to make myself stitch markers with the letter of the hook size.
So, here I would like to show you step by step how I made my own stitch markers. Most of the items I used you can find at your local craft or beading store, but some of the items I used I bought from Amazon. I have my affiliate links below for you to purchase the exact items I bought.
You will need:
- safety pins
- beads in different colors (2mm in diameter)
- superduo beads
- beading needle
- beading thread
- beads with letters on it
- beading glue (to secure everything permanently)
With safety pin: about 2.5 inches
Without safety pin: 1.2 inches
First you will need the beading thread that you thread thru the needle. You will most likely need about 20 inches (image 1). Next you will start with one super duo bead that you thread onto the needle down the thread and tie off securely so you won’t lose it (images 2 and 3). After that you will start adding your color choice of beads. In my case, I added 9 0.2cm beads.
Now it is time to add the letter bead to your thread. In picture 1, you can see that I added the bead with the letter “I”. Now you will add 3 more 0.2cm beads as well as your safety pin (image 2). You will go thru the bead that is the closest to your safety pin and the safety pin 3 times in total which will secure everything in place pretty well. Then you will push the needle thru the 3 beads and the letter bead again (image 3) and add the same 9 beads just in the reverse order again to the needle (image 4).
You are almost done now. Push the needle thru the superduo bead (image 1) and then go thru it again on the other hole (image 2). Now tie it off with several knots with the thread end that is hanging off from the beginning and lead the needle thru the 9 beads again (image 3). Now thread the leftover thread onto the needle and go thru the other 9 beads and cut off both threads that are hanging off right by the bead with the letter.
You are now done and can add some of that bead glue to the spots that have knots to make sure they won’t get loose anytime soon.
You can now do that same for all the other letters for your hooks you need stitch markers for. Below you can see my collection of stitch markers. I will probably have to make many more as I use a couple hooks for several projects, especially the “H” stitch marker as I use that hook for most of my projects.
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