These DIY crochet size markers are lightweight, easy to make, and are a great little gift idea for the crocheter in your life! They don’t take a lot of materials to make, and you can whip up several sets in an evening, which can make for a wonderful sense of accomplishment!
This idea of making my own stitch markers and crochet size markers has been in my head for quite a while now, since I have a lot of leftover jewelry making supplies from past craft adventures. I finally took that step forward and made several sets of them before I headed off to NY for the Lion Brand Blogger Bash, as I thought that a set of crochet size markers would make a fun gift, and it wouldn’t take up too much space in my luggage! (I went to NY with just a carry-on backpack – this ebags Mother Lode Weekender* is AMAZING . I came home with an extra suitcase…)
When I thought about what kind of size markers I personally would like, and use, I fell back on my personal style of just keeping it as simple as possible, and using up as much of my existing stash as possible. I had a bunch of seed beads left over from my Beaded Friendship Bracelets, and a handful of lobster clasps and flat head pins. Since I wanted to make several sets, I did purchase more, so I’ll be sharing my full supply list below.
You can use any combination of beads that you’d like, but the most important bead is the one with the letter on it. I chose to keep it very plain and simple, with nothing but 2 seed beads and a letter bead, but you can make them as large and complex as you want. Just remember that these size markers are meant to hang off an existing project, so extra weight on your size markers may stretch out your crochet stitches!
This project is really just a matter of assembly. String up the beads you want on your flat head pin, cut the pin down to size, twist it into an eyelet, and add your lobster clasp. That’s it! I put together a short video to show you how I assembled my crochet size markers. You can also find it on YouTube, so add it to your playlist!
My own personal little stroke of genius was to put the entire set on a large binder ring. This way, you can access any of the size markers at any time, and it keeps everything together neatly. This is a great way to package up a set of size markers for a gift too!
Here’s my supply list with corresponding Amazon affiliate links:
Assorted letter beads* with a small center hole
12mm silver-plated lobster claw clasps*
Miyuki 6/0 seed beads from Amazon* or Etsy*
Round nose pliers with cutter*
I would love to see the size markers you make! The combinations of beads are endless, and you can really customize them to fit your own working style. Have fun!
Check out my pattern shops on Etsy where you can purchase printable PDFs of my latest crochet patterns. These PDFs are formatted without comments or ads, and have instructional photos at the bottom for optional printing.
I sometimes include affiliate links in my supply lists, as indicated by an asterisk. Purchasing from these merchants earns me a small commission with no extra cost to you, and goes towards supporting One Dog Woof.
I’ve been looking for these since November as I had someone ask if I knew where she could get them, now I can tell her that I can make a set. Thank you so much.
What a clever idea! I had resolved myself to just buying new crochet hooks.
So clever! Thank you.
Thank you so much for the idea. I love my new markers. I kept losing my index card with the hook size I was using.
I just went to your Facebook page, and tried to hit “follOw” and it would not highlight.
I love this idea! This size markers are very easy to use.
You are so cleaver! These are fun and easy. BTW your little girl is getting so big! What a cutie. Thanks for all you do and most of all for sharing!
Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial. I have made a set E-K. I think they look pretty good for my first time.
How would I send you a picture?
The markers you made with letters are the size of hooks you use on crochet items