March 26, 2009

How to Make a Beaded Stitch Marker

These are such a wonderful gift to give to any knitter you know! And they are a great beginner beading project- your loops don't have to be perfect since certain beads will cover them mostly.

What you will need:

-Silver-plated Memory Wire

-Ring large enough to go on knitting needle- I used Metals Clasps, they came 3 rings joined together with the stick parts separate.

-Wire Cutter

-Round Tip Pliers
-Needle Nose Pliers

- Beads of your choice- I like about 3 per Marker

First, take apart the rings of the Metal Clasps by opening the jump rings holding the larger rings together, set aside jump rings and stick parts of clasp- they will not be needed. Also, cut a piece of wire about 2 1/2 inches long.
Next, take the round-nose pliers and make a small loop in one end of the wire, and thread your beads on. I find that holding the wire about 1 inch from the end with the needle nose pliers give you a better grip and makes the loop easier to make. Whatever method works for you. Then, trim the wire leaving about 1/2 inch on the end for making a loop to put the ring on. (This is where the needle-nose pliers REALLY help with grip.) Use the needle-nose pliers to hold onto the intial loop you made first. Make a loop on the end a little larger than the other. Now use the needle-nose pliers to twist the loop you just made open just enough to put the ring on.

(Please excuse the dry hands- they're really bad when I'm preggo)

Finally, use the needle-nose pliers again to twist the loop back closed, and Ta-Da your done!

1 comment:

  1. Your welcome to come over and raid my fabric any time!!!


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