Stitch markers remind me of potato chips. Just one stitch marker is not enough and once you start collecting them you just have to have that ‘special’ one for the project you are working on. You only need one stitch marker for socks since its job is to designate the beginning of the round. For lace work it is nice to have several to designate the start of a repeat. I’ve occasionally had non-knitters, who have no interest whatsoever in what I’m knitting, stop and inquire about the lovely piece of jewelry on my knitting! Has that ever happened to you?
For my His and Her Socks I have selected two stitch markers from my collection to match the sock yarns I’m using and I look forward to slipping the ‘little piece of jewlrey’ from one needle to the other. Simple satisfaction. One more row completed.
I don’t have much talent for making stitch markers but still find them fun to make. There are many artisans out there making gorgeous stitch markers and you can find them online or at LYSs.
I’ve worked my favorite rib for the His and Hers cuff. It has been adapted from the Oak Rib sock by Nancy Bush and is K1, p1, k4, p1. The simple K2,P2 rib may be easier to remember but it is just a little too boring for me. Once the pattern is established, the rib I’ve selected is easy to follow and much more interesting visually.
Next up – the Eye of Partridge Heel!