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Aug 18, 2019 20:09:53   #
jeanne63
 
How do I mark the C stitch on a shawl with a spine WITHOUT having to move the marker every row? I’m hating this.
 
Aug 18, 2019 20:14:52   #
margoc (a regular here)
 
Put a marker on either side of the center stitch
Aug 18, 2019 20:15:50   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
it depends on the pattern
If the center stitch is consistent with an increase on each side of it, I have used 2 markers... one on each side of it.
Aug 18, 2019 20:16:41   #
imashelefrat
 
Take a contrasting yarn and put it like a scarf around the stitch, on the right side. Move it every other row (on the right side).
This way it marks center stitch and right side. If you need to count rows, move your counter every other row, as well.
That is what I do. Looking forward to a better method.
Aug 18, 2019 20:19:36   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
Tell us a bit more. Are you YO before and after? Can you put the marker on your needle so it is just slipped? This does not always work with YOs. I can see the center stitch most of the time so do not mark it but you have to be very careful to read your knitting.
Aug 18, 2019 20:21:44   #
patocenizo (a regular here)
 
I put markers before and after the center stitch. I've done quite a few shawls.
 
Aug 18, 2019 20:27:59   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
When the center stitch only matters on one side I just put a marker before it on the side where whatever needs doing is done and then slip it when I come to it.
Aug 18, 2019 21:14:53   #
klrober (a regular here)
 
Moving your markers every row is a part of knitting....don't you just slip them & continue on with your pattern....
Aug 18, 2019 21:27:16   #
chickkie
 
Why is it so difficult to slip the marker when you come to it. And why does the answer have to be quick?
Aug 18, 2019 21:36:52   #
imashelefrat
 
I am working on a lace shawl with 60 markers per row +- a few. Pattern is
10 stitch repeat. I do so to make sure I catch the mistakes. I slide them. Much less time than fixing a mistake.
For one or two I use the scarf like method. Got this advice on my first BSJ where knowing when I am on the right side. Markers don:t do it.
klrober wrote:
Moving your markers every row is a part of knitting....don't you just slip them & continue on with your pattern....
Aug 18, 2019 21:44:39   #
jeanne63
 
GrumpyGramma wrote:
When the center stitch only matters on one side I just put a marker before it on the side where whatever needs doing is done and then slip it when I come to it.


PERFECT solution to my pattern. Thanks 🙏
 
Aug 18, 2019 21:46:17   #
jeanne63
 
chickkie wrote:
Why is it so difficult to slip the marker when you come to it. And why does the answer have to be quick?


Quick so I can continue knitting
Aug 18, 2019 21:48:18   #
laceluvr (a regular here)
 
If you just learn to read your stitches/knitting, you won't need any markers for that center stitch. If it's a pattern with yo's on each side of the center stitch, it's easy to see the center stitch. Markers seem to migrate to the wrong side if you use them before or after a yo, which can be a nuisance. If you have trouble reading your pattern stitches, then do what imashelefrat recommends & use contrasting yarn.
Aug 18, 2019 22:57:26   #
MardiSumner (a regular here)
 
Knit or crochet?
Use a contrasting g color ribbon & weave as you go?
Mardu
Aug 18, 2019 23:06:12   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
jeanne63 wrote:
PERFECT solution to my pattern. Thanks 🙏


You're welcome. I am really glad I could help
I had the idea you were putting the marker around the center stitch. That is an rpita (royal pain in the arse) in my book. A running thread marker is sometimes a good idea but I forget to flip it to the other side on some rows and that is another problem. lol
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