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      How do you use stitch markers?

      Knitting Stitch Markers

      Knitted shawl with two stitch markers

      Knitting stitch markers are used to mark increase/decrease points in knitting patterns, especially for use in making sweaters, shawls, and toys.
      Colourful Skulls Stitch Marker Set found here
      Ridge and Furrow Rainbow Triangular Shawl pattern on Ravelry

       

      Hands holding knitting with beginning of round stitch marker

      They mark the beginning of the round when knitting any garment in the round like mitts, socks, sweaters, hats, infinity scarves and toys.
      Purple Agate Stitch Markers found here
      So Faded sweater pattern on Ravelry

      Experienced knitters like to thread small ring markers between large groups of cast-on stitches to help keep the stitch count correct. This example is a shawl that requires 250 stitches. The ring markers separate the cast-on stitches into groups of 25. You would remove the ring markers when beginning to knit.
      Small Ring Stitch Markers found here


      Stitch markers are used to mark the beginning and end of repeat lace patterns so the knitter can review the lace stitches for errors before beginning the next pattern repeat.

       

      Crochet Locking Stitch Markers

      Crochet locking stitch markers are used to lock onto a chain stitch in crochet to mark the beginning of the row.
      Multi Colour Flower Bead Stitch Holders found here

      They can be attached to dropped stitches in knitting, so the dropped stitch doesn't unravel any further before it can be fixed.
      Rainbow Crochet Stitch Markers found here

      Locking stitch markers used to mark decrease rows on a knitted sweater sleeve

      Locking stitch markers can be used to mark decrease rows when knitting sweater sleeves.
      Number Row Counters found here

      They are used to mark the cross-over row when knitting cable patterns, to make it easy to remember how many more rows are knitted before crossing the cable again.
      Double Fantasy cable pattern in Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 2