Are you making this stitch marker mistake?

As crocheters, we all love our locking stitch markers.

locking stitch markers

If you use the plastic ones like I do, you might be doing something that’s slowly ruining them!

Gasp! You’d never hurt the little guy on purpose, right?

Of course not. You want your stitch markers to be happy and last (well, at least until you lose it under the sofa). So here’s what you have to do…

Store your stitch markers open

That’s it! That’s the key to a healthy and long-lasting locking stitch marker.

Why? If you store your marker closed, the plastic slowly bends until the ‘open position’ isn’t very open anymore:

closed stitch marker

That means that the marker is hard to slip onto your crochet piece. Boo.

So keep those markers open when you’re storing them, and they’ll keep working for you!

Psst! Not sure how to make a stitch marker work for you? Click here for the guide on how to use them!

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Mar 18, 2014 | Posted by in Blog, Tips & Techniques | 11 comments

Comments (11 Responses)

  1. su3385 says:

    LOL! I stopped buying them because they kept breaking when I tried to open them to mark stitches. Now I see that the problem was me . . . . . . . . not the stitch markers:-) oops!

  2. Connie says:

    Thanks! But how in the world did you learn this??!!

    • Stacey says:

      Hahaha… because I’ve made the mistake!
      The package also gives this recommendation… but of course no one really looks at that! ;)

  3. Cheryl says:

    How did you know I needed to know this? Thanks so much for this great tip and for the post on how to use them. Your explanations are always so clear and your photos really help alot. Thanks for all you do, Stacey.

  4. Simmy says:

    I love the things you write about, and your writing style. You are so interesting and awesome <3

  5. Christine says:

    Wow, I really needed to read this, I have been storing them wrong =) now I know. Thaks a bunch!!

  6. sam chamblin says:

    I wondered why I was going through so many turns out it was my fault!

  7. Joan says:

    Thank you for this great tip, I have these stitch markers and some were stored closed. Now I’ll be sure to store it open.

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