If you're an experienced knitter, you probably already have stitch markers in your knitting kit. But what if you run out while you're working on a huge project? What if you're not near your kit and suddenly, urgently, need a stitch marker ?
Well, that means it's time to get resourceful. Here are a few ordinary things that can double as markers in a pinch. You can grab 'em from around your house, your office or even your local coffee shop.
1. Paper Clips
Bend and shape 'em to slide over the needle. Try to choose smoother clips, since ridged ones can get stuck on your yarn.
Cut one up into tiny fragments and slide onto the needle as markers.
It'll get the job done, though certain colors and types might be difficult to see.
This one's especially handy if you knit while traveling. Make a slip knot on a small piece of scrap yarn, leaving an opening big enough for your needle to slide through. (You can also cut a little piece from the opposite end of the skein you're working with.) If you need a lot, don't even cut the scrap yarn — just loop it on and keep going.
5. Safety Pins
Most of us have safety pins hanging around, so grab one as a stitch marker. Just be careful not to catch your yarn in the closure to avoid a snag.
6. Old Jewelry
Rings and clip-on earrings work especially well, and make for rather beautiful markers.
7. Jewelry Findings
You can also slide closures like toggles and jump rings onto your work, just like store-bought stitch markers .
8. Hair Ties
Slip that spare hair tie off your wrist and onto your knitting in a pinch.
9. Bobby Pins
Bobby pins can also work — they won't slide around your needle, but can slip directly onto the yarn.
If none of the above work and you find yourself in a bind, look around for any object that's small and round. If you're still stuck, hunt for some type of string or thread that can be tied right onto your work. Then go ahead and mark that stitch!