one thing I learned was that there is actually a difference between crochet and knit stitch markers. The crochet ones usually are on hooks or some type of opened ring so you can attach it to the actual stitch. Where as knit stitch markers are rings that will slide onto your needles.
Plus you can improvize and use a lot of different things for the rings and the hooks depending on your preference. I found that I like the clasps and hooks used on necklaces for the crochet stitch markers and the jump rings and plastic rings for the knitting stitch markers. I also learned that the lesser the beads the better, because otherwise it gets too heavy. And always start with a small seed type bead for the bottom and then go bigger, and using the 2" head pins were much easier than using the memory wire. But you can make some larger rings with the memory wire if you want to make some simple rings with smaller beads for a universal stitch marker.
Ok on with the directions:
1.pliers with wire cutter [needlenose]
2.memory wire[ ring type]
3. 2"head pins
4. beads smaller and larger ones
1.first thread a small bead onto the head pin
- 2.then thread on the larger one and a charm if desired
- 3.with pliers bend the head pin 1/8" above bead in a 90' angle
- 5. wrap wire around pin above bead. 6.crimp wire and push end into top of top bead this prevents snagging of your yarn on the rough ends.
4. Cut wire 1/2" from pin
Voila that's it!