DIY Stitch Markers from Repurposed Earrings

Learn how to make DIY knit and crochet stitch markers from broken or unworn earrings

I admit it! I hoard earrings, many of which have not been worn for years. Even though they may no longer be my style, I just can't bear to part with them. And then I started thinking. Why not upcycle some of that bling into stitch markers for my knit and crochet?

This project is super easy and can give new life to jewelry that has been hiding at the bottom of your jewelry box.

Materials




Directions



Select your earrings. Look for ones like these, with charms.


Use a pair of pliers to bend and remove the ear wires.


That was easy!


For stitch markers that slide over your knitting needles, between stitches, simply insert a split ring onto the hole of the charm.


For removable stitch markers that can be used for knit or crochet, use pliers to attach a jump ring between your charm and a lobster claw.

Learn how to make DIY knit and crochet stitch markers from broken or unworn earrings

Now those mismatched or unworn earrings are helpful knit/crochet tools instead of just sitting around collecting dust.

Happy Crafting!
Learn how to make DIY knit and crochet stitch markers from broken or unworn earrings

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Stitch of the Month: Fern Stitch

Knit Stitch of the Month: Learn how to knit the Fern Stitch

This month I'd like to share one of my favorite lacy, knit stitches. It's called the fern stitch and I'm sure you can see why. This is one of those stitch patterns that is deceptively easy.

CO 30 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K1, k3tog, k9, yo, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, yo, k9, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1.

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (WS): P14, k2, p14.

Row 3: K1, k3tog, k8, yo, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, yo, k8, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1.

Row 5: K1, k3tog, k7, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k7, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1.

Row 7: K1, k3tog, k6, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k6, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1.

Row 9: K1, k3tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k4, p2, k4, yo, k1, yo, k5, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-10.

Knit Stitch of the Month: Learn how to knit the Fern Stitch

The one thing to be aware of when using this stitch is that the cast on and bound off edges are not straight. Instead, the cast on edge is shaped like an inverted 'V' and the bound off edge is more rounded.

Knit Branches Afghan pattern by The Chilly Dog using the Fern Stitch

Need a fun pattern to practice your Fern Stitch? You may enjoy my the "Branches Afghan" pattern from my shop. This is a modular piece and the pattern also includes a tutorial demonstrating a simple joining technique.

Happy knitting!
Knit Stitch of the Month: Learn how to knit the Fern Stitch

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Whale Done Socks KAL: Suspended Bind Off


This is the final lesson of the Whale Done Socks skill building KAL. If you need to review any lessons, links are available in the KAL Introduction. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 7: Suspended Bind Off

How you bind off a toe up sock has a significant impact on the wearability of the sock. If you bind off too tightly, the cuff either won't stretch enough to pull the sock over your foot or the edge of the cuff could dig into your leg during wear, so it's important to skip the regular bind off and opt for a more flexible, stretchy technique.

I like to use a suspended bind off. The big difference between a regular bind off and suspended bind off is what you do with your passed over stitches. Let me show you.


Now it's your turn! Keep with the established ribbing pattern and use a suspended bind off to finish your sock.

Share Your Progress


I'm so excited to be done with my Whale Done Socks and I would love to see how yours turned out.

Post a picture of your socks on Facebook and/or Instagram with #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog. Then share a link to your post on the KAL Giveaway page to earn entries for a chance to win a knitty treat.

I really hope that you enjoyed this knit along and improving your knitting skills. If you have any questions or suggestions for future knit along projects you can email me or send me a private message on Facebook or Instagram. All my contact info is in the left sidebar under "Let's Connect".
Whale Done Socks KAL Video Tutorial: Knitting a suspended bind off in the round for toe up socks

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Whale Done Socks KAL: The Leg


This lesson is the sixth in the Whale Done Socks skill building KAL. If you need to review any lessons, links are available in the KAL Introduction. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 6: The Leg

In my opinion, the biggest advantage of knitting socks from the toe up is that you can adjust the length of your sock leg based on the amount of yarn you have available.

As you can see in the picture above, I worked one of my socks from the outside of my skein and one from the center. As I approach the end of my yarn, I could knit one row at a time on each sock leg to use every last inch of my yarn. However, since I have already made this pattern a few times, and I like ankle socks, I'm just going to make the ribbed cuff one inch long.

Before you start the leg, you may recall that after working the heel of our sock, one triplet stitch remained at each side of the heel. As you work the rest of the sock (in rounds now, not rows), simply knit all three strands of the triplets together as a single stitch.

Leg Pattern

The first 8 rnds of the leg are worked almost identically to the foot in stockinette stitch (all knit) on the back of the leg and two repeats of the Whale Tails pattern across the top of the foot.

Ribbing begins on Rnd 9.

Rnd 1: One tr st should be on the right needle at the beginning of this rnd, k30, k all strands of the next tr st together, [p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, skpo, k3, p1] twice.
Rnd 2: K all strands of the next tr st together, k31, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 3: K32, [p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k2, p1] twice.
Rnd 4: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 5: K32, [p1, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, skpo, k1, p1] twice.
Rnd 6: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 7: K32, [p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, skpo, p1] twice.
Rnd 8: K32, [p1, k6, p2, k6, p1] twice.
Rnd 9: P1, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts of the round, k2, p1.

Repeat Rnd 9 until ribbing measures one inch or your desired length.

Share Your Progress


Here are my socks so far. Post a picture of your sock(s) on Facebook and/or Instagram with #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog. Then share a link to your post on the KAL Giveaway page to earn entries for a chance to win a knitty treat.

In the final lesson of our KAL I'll teach you the Suspended Bind Off.
Whale Done Socks KAL Tutorial: Knitting the perfect cuff for toe up socks

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