I've been making yarn stitch markers lately because I've gotten so frustrated with the tiny ring markers popping off of the smaller size needles. I'm starting a lace shawl and I needed two different colors to mark the borders and center bits from the basic stitch repeat.
Here how I make them. I used a heavier weight yarn in these samples for the photography, however I normally use fingering weight leftovers. I also recommend using a wool yarn as opposed to any slippery yarn that the knots can work themselves out of.
|Fold the yarn to create a loop|
|Make a loose knot by crossing the yarn strands from the ball over the folded loop.|
|Pull the folded end through the loop to make a knot|
|Place it on a needle and snug the knot up to the needle|
|The completed knot|
|Repeat until you have more stitch markers than required.|
|Trim the excess yarn, leaving a short tail so that the knot will hold.|
I always make extra's to put in my project bag. I also make more than one colour to mark off different sections of the work. Use a needle one size up from the project needle to create markers that are a little looser. If you do use a yarn that knots slip out of you can put a drop of fray check or clear nail polish to secure the knot. Just be sure to let it dry thoroughly before putting the markers on your needles.