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I don’t know about y’all, but aside from the obvious items (needles, yarn, hands), stitch markers are my main knitting BFFs. (Which is probably why I have so many of them. In divers shapes and sizes.) Yes, I confess–I’m a stitch-marker addict! Let me explain.

In the photo above, you can see that I have three different styles of marker in play. The sheep marks my garter-stitch border, and he has a buddy at the other end of the needle, for the other border; the locking markers (turquoise) isolate my raglan increases (only one raglan shown, but there are three others); and the black rings set the boundaries of my lace pattern within each section. Now, could I get by with one style of stitch marker? Possibly. But I see absolutely no reason to wear a raincoat on a sunny day. I save myself loads of time and frustration by assigning separate markers to different sections of my knitting. Plus, what better excuse reason to indulge in all those cutesy markers that my local yarn shop carries? I just can’t resist…(ahem).

In the photo below, you can see a few of the markers that I use on a regular basis. In addition to being fun and funky, novelty markers are nice because they’re always so different from the rest of the pile. Conversely, plain markers are great when you need an army of markers, such as when you’re working lace or other heavily textured patterns (think cannon fodder–because they will get lost in the couch!).

How about you? Are you a hooked on stitch markers? Please share below!