I once again found a cute pattern on the internet that I want to make later, but…It requires stitch markers, lots of stitch markers. I don’t have that many stitch markers, just some for some tiny size 1-3 needles and a few safety pin style crochet markers. While I was at Joann’s, for an unrelated Halloween project, I was looking at stitch markers. There were packs of them between 16-20 of the size I needed for $5. I was thinking, “you know that is kind of expensive for what you are getting”, and “seriously?” Anyway, I grabbed a package and put them in the cart and went on with my shopping. As I approached the registers to check out, I had an idea, “why not use that $600 3D printer we bought last year for Christmas and just spent another $200 to upgrade?” I ended up not buying the $5 stitch markers.
Once I got home, as my husband was fiddling with the printer getting it to behave, I went to work. I searched the internet for some pre-made designs, but didn’t find any I liked. I then opened up Autodesk Fusion 360 (which is free to use) and designed my own stitch markers.
The first batch were a little too small, but they turned out nice. Glow in the dark even. Then I made them 2mm bigger (3D stuff is all in mm) and they were perfect. So I printed 25 of them, I could have fit many, many more on the printer, but I don’t really need 100 of them…or do I? I then made a set to fit the giant US 17 knitting needles I have, but they didn’t want to behave, and we are looking into why. I can at least use what was a mistake in a pinch, even tough they are much thinner than I would like.
(Small ones have a 6mm inner opening, the middle ones have an 8mm and fit perfectly on a size 10 US needle, the purple ones are for my 17s)
Now I just need to figure out how to make safety pin style or split ring style for crochet….