I don't like the ugly plastic stitch holders.  They're ugly, and so plastic,  I liked them fine until I saw the lovely new beaded stitch markers I see everyone else making.  I do think the plastic ones are too heavy for dainty work, so I used scrap yarn in the past.  I want pretty markers too, so I went and got some pretty beads, crimp tubes, and some nylon coated beading wire.  They sell crimping pliers, but I used plain needle nosed pliers wrapped in masking tape.  There are crimping beads and tubes, either will work well.  The wire will tell you what size crimping tube or bead to purchase, so read the package carefully.  The wire should be heavy enough to hold the loop shape well, but still be light.  The beads ideally should have a big enough hole to let two wires pass through

So there are several ways to go about this, and the possibilities are endless.  For the first stitch marker I made, I put a crimping tube on, then re-threaded the wire back through.  This makes the loop that slips over your needle to mark your place.

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Now just slip the beads on both wires, in an arrangement that is pleasing to you.  Be careful however not to make the marker too heavy.  Once you have your beads in place, slip another crimping tube on.

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Check the loop for size, and when you get it adjusted to the size you want, you can go ahead and position the beads and crimp the first tube, which will be at the end where the wires are sticking out.

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Once it's crimped well, you can adjust the beads again and crimp the second crimp tube.  

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Now, trim the ends carefully with wire cutters so that they are flush with the end of the crimped tube.  

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Another way I found that looked really nice was to thread some beads on the middle of the wire.  

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Then you can thread the ends through the crimping tube and adjust everything, then crimp the tube.  Here, I just put one larger bead over both wires, and skipped the tube.  You can do your's either way, or both ways.

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Thread some more beads on as you like, then another crimp tube.

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You can trim the spare end off carefully, and then measure the extra wire on the other end and trim it so that it will make the proper sized loop you want.  

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After trimming the second end, tuck it into the crimping tube to form the loop, then crimp it to fasten off both the ends.

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I really enjoyed making these, and they certainly are prettier than the plastic rings.  They hang nicer and make knitting a lot more enjoyable.

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These really are just the thing for a beautiful peice of lace.  Not only to they not distort the pattern, but they are as beautiful as the  project. 

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