When I started swatching the Flower Basket Shawl, I quickly discovered that I don’t have enough stitch markers. I want to use one to mark the center stitch, one for every repeat of the pattern, and one to remind me which side is the WS (overkill? Probably, but I’m very easily distracted. Not a good trait in a lace knitter!)
So here is the full crop of stitch markers for knitting:
I especially like the wooden bead ones, as they are very light and pretty. But after I had made them all, I realised there wasn’t room for all of them in my old stitch marker case. So I crocheted a quick little notions & trinkets bag.
I imagine that any crocheter would be able to make a bag like this without a pattern, but I wrote it up just in case. I think it would be perfect for a small child’s trinkets or marbles. It would be great as the gift bag for a stitch marker swap, and the beads could be selected to match the gifted stitch markers. It could be made in feltable wool and handfelted to make it tighter. There are thousands of possibilities!
Notions & trinkets bag
- Small amount of thin cotton (or feltable woollen!) yarn. I used Schachenmayr Nomotta Catania
- Hook: Whatever creates a strong, non-holey fabric. I used 3 mm. (If you want to felt the bag, you should use a slightly larger hook than the ballband calls for).
- A piece of string or ribbon. I used a waxed string for making necklaces.
- One large and two smaller beads.
Varies with the yarn. For a cotton yarn, you should have a tight gauge to avoid holes in the bag. If you want to felt it, you should have a looser gauge (any holes or sloppiness should disappear with the felting).
It’s easy to change the size of the bag. Make it wider by continuing to increase after round 8 (increase six stitches evenly on every round). Make it taller by adding plain rounds before round 16. If you want to felt your bag, you should make it bigger, as felting will shrink it.
Also, if you’re planning on felting, make round 16 plain and make holes for the string by pushing a sharp needle through the fabric after felting.
Round 1: Make a magic adjustable loop. Make 6 sc into loop and tighten.
Round 2: Attach marker to first stitch, moving the marker every round. 2 sc in every sc (12 sts)
Round 3: *Sc, 2 sc in next sc* . Repeat between * until end (18 sts)
Round 4: *Sc in 2 next sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat between * until end (24 sts)
Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat between * until end (30 sts)
Round 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat between * until end (36 sts)
Round 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat between * until end (42 sts)
Round 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat between * until end (48 sts)
NB! Work all sts in BACK LOOP ONLY throughout.
Rounds 9-15: Sc in every sc around.
Round 16: *Sc in next 7 sts, ch 1, skip next st*. Repeat between * until end.
Round 17: Sc in every sc, sc in back loop of every ch. Create an even edge by sl st into last three stitches. Break yarn. Weave in ends.
Finishing: Cut length of string or ribbon. Weave through the ch holes. Gather ends of string and slip larger bead onto both ends of string. Add smaller bead to each end and tie knot. Put stitch markers in, close by holding string ends and pushing on larger bead.