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? It's time to get resourceful.
Here 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 paper clips to slide over the needle. Try to choose smoother clips, since ridged clips can get stuck on your yarn.
Make a slip knot on a small piece of scrap yarn, leaving an opening big enough for your needle to slide through. This is especially handy if you knit while traveling. You can also cut this little piece from the opposite end of the skein you're working with.
And, if you need a lot of stitch markers, you don't even have to cut that scrap yarn — just loop it on and keep going.
Cut one up into tiny fragments and slide them onto the needle as markers.
It'll get the job done, though certain colors and types might be difficult to see.
5. Safety Pins
Most of us have safety pins hanging around. (I keep them in my wallet for clothing emergencies.) Be careful when using one as a marker, though, as yarn can sometimes get caught in the closure and snag.
6. Old Jewelry
The most beautiful markers ever. Rings and clip-on earrings work especially well.
7. Hair Accessories
If you have short hair, you may be out of luck here, but for those of you that keep a spare tie on your wrist at all times, slip it off and onto your knitting in a pinch.
Bobby pins can also help you out — they won't slide around your needle, but can slip directly onto the yarn.
8. Jewelry Findings
You can slide closures like toggles and jump rings onto your work, just like store-bought stitch markers.
Remember: If you're in a bind and can't find anything on this list, look around you for any object that's small and round. If you're still stuck, hunt for some type of string or thread that will tie right onto your work.
Go ahead and mark that stitch!