Recycled Jewelry Stitch Markers

Recycled Earring Stitch Markers With I-Cord Holder

By Jennifer Dickerson

These stitch markers are a fun alternative to plan old stitch markers. Using recycled earrings, they are a fun project to add some fun to your project or as a gift for a yarn lover. Like jewelry for your knitting! Feel free to experiment with other beads too! These instructions make 8 stitch markers. Also included are instructions for an i-cord holder to keep all of your markers together.

  • 8 Beads or Jewelry Components
  • 8 Jump Rings 
  • 8 Toggle Clasps (need just the circular half) 
  • Jewelry Pliers or Needle Nose Pliers 
  • Head pins if needed (see step 1 to see if you need them) 


Step 1: Because these are recycled earrings, there should be head pins in each bead—this is how they attach to the jump rings. If you have loose beads, you'll need to add the head pin.

Step 2: Using pliers, open each jump ring and place one bead as shown.

Step 3: Place one toggle ring on the jump ring along with the bead.

Step 4: Carefully close the jump ring with the pliers. (Note: if this is too tricky, use two pairs of pliers to close.

Step 5: Enjoy and Happy Stitching!

Instructions for I-Cord Holder:


  • Scraps of leftover sock yarn ( I used Araucania Ranco Multy)
  • 1 Small Button
  • 2 US3 DPNs
  • Sewing Needle and Thread
  • CO: Cast on 
  • BO: Bind off 
  • Sts: Stitches 

co 2 sts
Work in i-cord for 4 inches

Here is a photo tutorial on how to make i-cords...

Bo and weave in ends.

Stitch a button on one end of i-cord with needle and thread.
Make a loop at the other end and tack it down with a couple of stitches using needle and thread.
Place stitch markers on holder and button closed.

© Jennifer Dickerson


  1. Thanks! They're getting a lot more use out of them now!

  2. Any ideas for split stitch markers for crocheters? Thanks! ali

  3. Hi! On ravelry you show some marjers with a flexible loop (maybe nylon cord).
    I've been looking for these but can only find large ones. Where do you find
    the little ones? thanks!

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