Crochet Stitch Markers

You may have seen this project when I guest posted last week over at Petals To Picots.  Kara is one of my bloggy best friends and has an amazing crochet blog!  If you enjoy crochet and don’t read there already – you should definitely check her out.  Now… I don’t crochet.  (Weird that I would guest-post over there, then, right?) But I had an idea for a project that overlapped the things we both enjoy doing: crochet stitch markers.

These make a great handmade gift if you have friends or family who enjoy crochet, and they are a lot easier to make than you might think.  They allow for so many possibilities to personalize.  You just need some basic jewelry tools and findings, and if you watch the sales or coupons, these supplies will be really reasonable.  You can get everything you need at any craft store (like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Joann’s, etc).

What you will need:

Beads you love – I picked a round disc river shell bead strand from Hobby Lobby’s Traditions Line.
Earring wires – the open kind, or the kind that closes – whatever you prefer!
Jewelry pins – these will either have a flat base, a loop, or something decorative.  Any version will work.
Jump rings – you may or may not need these, depending on whether the ear wires you choose can open up or not.  Some don’t.  I didn’t need these with the ear wires I chose.
Jewelry pliers – The round ones work best, but don’t buy pliers just for this project.  Any small pliers will work.
Wire cutters – the ones from your  household toolbox work fine.

The first step is to make your beads into charms.  For this, you just need the bead and the pin.  My pins are flat on the bottoms, so that the bead doesn’t slide off the end.  If the holes in your beads are larger than the head of your pin, you can fix this by putting a smaller bead on the end, like a seed bead.

Now, you need to turn the top into a loop.  Do do this, bend it around your pliers like the photo below:

This is why I say round pliers works best, but the loop doesn’t need to be perfectly round, don’t worry.  Loop the metal all the way around.

Now, bend the little “tail” around the “neck” you’ve made.

Nip the end of the pin off, if you have any left (it will depend on the size of your bead or beads).

You will probably still have just a little bit of tail poking out.  Just use your pliers to press it down.  There are no rules a to how many times it should loop around the neck – at least once, but however many times you have room for.  I looped mine twice.

Now, I chose ear wires that have an open back – mostly because, they don’t look so much like earrings, they are more convincing stitch markers. :)  But the little loop on mine opens up (with some help from your pliers).  Just add your bead charm on, and close it back up.  If you have chosen ear wires that don’t open up, that’s okay, you will just need a jump ring to attach the charm to the wire.  (Jump rings are just simple rings that open and close with a pair of pliers.)

Then – just repeat this process as necessary until you have a nice set!

Are you getting the jump on some handmade gifts for the upcoming holidays?  What kinds of things are you making?

Comments

  1. Chiwei says

    Very cool! I used paperclips (at least they were fun striped colors!) until I figured out that the weird looking doodad that came in my crochet set was actually a stitch marker. This is definitely classier than my striped paperclip :-)

  2. Kadie says

    I love the way these turned out!! And I heard that they work fantastically!! Great tutorial I really need to make me some now!:)

  3. Mikaila says

    I love your blog! There are some cool jewelry projects which I will look forward to trying. thanks for all your great resources. I'm glad I found you!

  4. Jessi says

    I love it! I just have a little plastic ring that I use, but these are soooo much prettier! :-)

    Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

  5. Lindsay says

    Love these!! So easy and too cute!
    Thanks for supporting Artsy Corner, I really appreciate it and love seeing your projects :)

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