What is better than a little sparkly bling? A little sparkly bling for your crochet! There is nothing gorgeous about plastic safety pins or split ring markers. Make yourself some earring backed gem markers. Perfect for crochet and can be used for knitting too. My aunty uses them to mark the front of her itmes when knitting. As long as you can fit them over the needle, you can use them like a standard knitting marker too.
To make these, you need...
Lever back earring findings (I can pick these up in a 6-pack from Spotlight for a couple of dollars)
Headpins or Eyelet pins (I used eyelet pins because that was all I had left)
Beads/gem chips - Nothing too monstourous in size.
Jump rings (optional but easier to work with)
My tools of trade are (for this)
Bottle nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Thread a few beads onto your head/eyelet pin. I try to limit this to roughly 2cm/20mm or less. They don't need to be any bigger than that. My swarovski crystal ones, I use 4mm bicones and have 5-6 per marker.
Make sure your pin is straight and your loops are upright. Attach a jump ring and connect to your earring back. (Jump ring not required, you can use the loop you created, but I prefer a jump ring so i don't create as much stress on the pin)
Hold at arms length, admire, take a photo, create some more, and enjoy!
|LtR: (top) Swarovski bicones. Round freshwater pearls. Semi precious gem chips. (bottom) Random beads with freshwater pearls. Swarovski bicone knitting markers - see below on post.|
For knitters who prefer the on-the-needle type markers, I have found a way to do this. I picked up a bunch of cell phone laraits off TradeMe (Like E-Bay or Amazon?) for a few dollars. I took the black thread out of it, and used tiger tail to create a loop, and crimped it so it was hidden and not likely to catch. I then attached my decorative bit with a jump ring through the holes and viola! Match your tigertail to your marker for a cool rainbow effect.