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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