How to Make Flexible Snag-Free Stitch Markers with Cord or Yarn

How to Make Flexible Snag-Free Stitch Markers With Cord or Yarn

The first stitch markers I ever used were plastic rings. I quickly discovered that they painfully dig into my palms and replaced them with rubber rings. Those were not as painful but they didn’t slide well on bamboo needles. I love to use bamboo needles so I had to look for a different type of stitch markers.

My first handmade stitch markers were a makeshift solution. We went on a long road trip and I didn’t have a knitting project to take with me. So I grabbed a pack of chunky wool and 10 mm (US size 15) circular needles to “whip up” a simple top-down raglan sweater.

What I didn’t think of was the fact that I would need stitch markers to mark the raglan lines. None of my plastic or rubber rings were big enough to fit the 10 mm needles, so I cut strips from a plastic bag, folded each strip in half and tied two ends with an overhand knot. Those markers served me well and the sweater I made during that road trip is still one of my most favourite winter woollens.

That successful experience inspired me to experiment with different ways to make stitch markers. First, I made similar loops with worsted weight yarn. Those were soft and flexible and they didn’t snag the yarn, but the loop was too light and was often turning around the needle and mingling with stitches.

Plus, I had to have multiple sets of those loop-markers in various sizes to match the size of the needles I was using at the moment.

The idea to use a slip knot to make stitch markers came almost accidentally. As I tightened a slip knot on a needle at the beginning of a knit-on cast on, I realized that a slip knot on a piece of cord would make a perfect stitch marker with adjustable size.

To make the marker heavier (and prettier!), I added a bead to each end of the cord and got the best stitch marker I ever used. I made a set of those cord stitch markers several years ago and I use them to this day.

How to Make Flexible Snag-Free Stitch Markers With Cord or Yarn

I used them during the recent Everyday Tee Knit Along and received a few questions about those stitch markers.

This tutorial is my response to your requests. I’ll show you how you can easily make your own flexible snag free stitch markers that can be adjusted to different needle sizes.

When you make a set, use beads in a different colour on one of the markers. This marker will show the beginning of the round while the identical markers stay at raglan lines or other important parts of your project.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive one e-book and two knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊


If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

How to Make Flexible Snag-Free Stitch Markers With Cord or Yarn
 | 10 rows a day
How to Make Flexible Snag-Free Stitch Markers With Cord or Yarn
 | 10 rows a day
How to Make Flexible Snag-Free Stitch Markers With Cord or Yarn
 | 10 rows a day