From marking the “Go” point like a Monoply game board, to bracketing pattern repeats vertically and horizontally, there are a number of ways to make stitch markers act as guideposts in your knitting.
Here are the ways I commonly use markers:
- The start point of a round. I’ll use a different color marker for this chore from everything else in the project. (Look at my last post and you’ll see a stitch marker used in this way)
- The right side of a project at least until the progress of the project makes right and wrong side obvious.
- In the cast on row of a large number of stitches to keep track of the count. I’ll commonly use one marker for every 20 stitches. I’ll remove these and or change them to one of the following purposes once past the cast on row.
- To bracket high number stitch pattern repeats both within the row, and the row pattern count – for example, a 32 stitch and 48 row repeat. I generally don’t do markers on lower counts once I have the pattern established.
- At the shaping points of patterns worked flat and then assembled to ensure that I work them symmetrically. I leave these in the pieces until assembly, as they also act like the notches in a fabric pattern. (I didn’t do this on the Thistle Leaf Cardigan, unfortunately. My omission is making more work, as I have to do a lot more counting.)
- Spaced equidistant along the row / round so increases and decreases can be evenly spaced.
- At a increase or decrease and left so as to be able to count the number of times the shaping was worked. Patterns commonly have instructions to repeat an increase or decrease every “X” number of rows “Y” times to end up with “Z” amount of stitches.
- Bracketing pattern areas within a plain body of knitting until the pattern is established.
- A numbered marker to indicate the pattern row I was on when I have to put the work down. This greatly simplifies resuming the work, especially when it’s been a period of time.
A large, involved project may use markers in all of these ways at one point or another. A smaller project may only need the start point of the round marked.