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I never stop using these.
on 19 March 2014
I used to use these when casting on to save continually counting stitches but I use those soft rings to use on my needle now. I slide one ring on my needle after every ten stitches is cast on.
Later I remove the soft rings and when a few rows of rib has been done I can pin one of these coloured locking markers every ten stitches or every pattern repeat when working aran as they don't need to be slid on the needle. You can of course use them to slide on thinner needles.
I can also pin a row counter or a dangling marker to the start of a circular needle knitting row by fixing it to one of these markers.
I keep a couple of the markers handy pinned to each side of my knitting in case I sudden drop a stitch or see a stitch that my needle has split = I can put a pin marker there and return when I knit along the row to the stitch.
I use them to mark increases or decreases. For instance if you mark each sleeve increase with a different colour when you knit the sleeve's fellow you can use the same coloured marker.
Also long edges can be marked every so many rows so you can match up edges very accurately for sewing up.
Trouble is I find I snap these I am so eager to get on with the knitting, always was heavy handed.