I hurt my back about a week ago and have not been knitting. However, I have been making monkey fist stitch markers for my Etsy store for hand knitters. My friend Jacqui who sent me the idea for buttons sparked my interest. If you are looking for some clever buttons, look no further. These markers are made from braiding cotton and are machine washable. At the fabric store I found black leather cording so you can even make them in leather. I have loops on these to hang on needles. All you would have to do is make the loop smaller and it can be used to attach to a sweater. The braiding cotton is available at JoAnn fabrics for 2.99. If you use a coupon, it will cost even less. On the card you get five colors and five yards of each color. There are two cards with different colors. One card is called tropical and has green, orange, turquoise, fuscia, and purple. The other card has brown, tan, cream, black and navy. One yard of cord makes a monkey fist. So you can get 25 monkey fists from one card of braiding cord. I made three from each color and then made a little cord to put them on so they don’t get lost.
I used size 8mm pearl beads inside. In white, they would look darling on a baby sweater. You can make them any size you want according to the bead size you use. If you want to try them here is a link to go to where he really shows you how to do this. Don’t laugh, he is a deer hunter so excuse his dirty hands! lol