Thursday, January 09, 2014

Simple Knitting Tips: The Side Marker

Sometimes I forget that not everyone around me has been knitting like, forever.* There are so many little tricks I have to keep my knitting flowing smoothly that I just take for granted, until I see someone has a question that can be answered by one of my totally ingenious** fixes.  Because helping people love their knitting is one of my life's goals, I have decided to share with you, in random order, on random days, 
some of my Knitting Tips. 

Simple Knitting Tip: The Side Marker

When I am knitting a project, and I need to know the right side from the wrong side, and I don't want to expend too much energy re-thinking the answer to that question over and over, I attach a marker like the one pictured to the right side. You could attach it to the wrong side if you prefer, and I promise it won't hurt my feelings, but I strongly suggest you pick one side and stick with it! You can also tie a piece of contrasting color yarn, if you don't have a stitch marker handy that opens and closes, or if you're like me and it's just easier to cut a random piece of yarn and tie it on, because there is yarn everywhere around here.  

Obviously this isn't something you'll need to use all that often, but if you're wanting to simplify things (like say you're at knitting group and there's wine involved...), this can be a super quick fix.

Next time: Productivity--the Knit List

*OK, I've only been knitting for 9 years, but in dog years, that would be a l-o-n-g time!
**Some of these ingenious tips you will easily find somewhere else--a book, the internet, a magazine, etc.  I don't claim originality, I just claim they work for me :)


  1. Sometimes I use the "side marker" to mark the actual side--as in the garter stitch Baktus scarf where all of the increases are made on one side. I mark that side so that I don't have to think so hard.

  2. That sums it up: So we don't have to think so hard! Markers are so helpful for that!