Reader Carolyn asked for stitch marker recommendations. These are my favorite:
They are the little rubber rings made by Clover. They come in a package like this:
The package contains two sizes of markers, and while it says the small ones are good for needle sizes up to U.S. 5, I am using them with no problem whatsoever on my size 7 needles.
I like the rubber rings because they tend to stay put until I move them. some metal rings I have want to fly off the needle point with only the slightest provocation. I do have a lovely assortment of fancy stitch markers that I use, but I like to use them sparingly — perhaps one at the start of a round.
And this is a nice segue into a discussion of stitch markers on your pi shawl.
You don’t need to buy ring markers if you don’t already have them — you can simply use small lengths of yarn in a contrasting color tied into loops. another idea is rings cut from a jumbo drinking straw.
You also don’t need to mark every single pattern repeat on your pi.
Throughout this design, the pattern repeats are either 6 or 9 stitches. When we get a little further along in the increases and the total number of stitches is in the hundreds, you will find yourself needing a whole heckuva lot of markers if you want to mark every repeat. I find that putting a marker every 18 stitches is sufficient — that’s three of the 6-stitch pattern repeats and two of the 9-stitch repeats. (Did you see what I did there? I figured out those numbers quickly and in my head.)
As you can see, Lucy is visibly impressed by my prowess with numbers.
Don’t forget — Part Two of the Shetland Pi is coming tomorrow.