Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Pflazagrafin Dorothea Maria Von Sulzbach's gown c1639

Dorothea Maria Gown 

I've made progress on the Dorothea Maria Gown construction. 

I dug through my fabric stash for the right fabric for this project  and found some grey wool (possibly wool blend) suiting that has been waiting to be used for years now, as well as a grey stripe fine shirting fabric (I think it's a linen or cotton blend) that has never decided what it wanted to be. 

Fabric and trim for Dorothea Maria Gown from POF

A few years ago I bought some imitation silver bobbin lace (a high quality polyester machine made lace). At the time I bought it I thought it would get used on a blue satin Eleanora style gown, but it just doesn't work with the satin I have. The medium size lace has a scollop shape similar to the lace found on a woman's jerkin c 1570-80 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 woman's jerkin c 1570-80 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I've had this stuff sitting in my stash for ages taking up space with 'nothing to make and nothing to work with them' and it turns out they are perfect for each other, they were just waiting for this project to bring them together.

I drafted up the pattern from PoF and then sized it up from there. Whilst marking up the pattern and doing the mock up, I prewashed all the fabric.

I cut out all the bodice pieces and basted the canvas interlining to the woolen stuff. So with all the boring bits out of the way it was time to get onto the fun stuff, adding the trim!

metallic trim used on shoulder wings for Dorothea Maria Gown from POF

I started with the collar and shoulder wings, using the narrow trim in double rows giving it the appearance of a wider trim.

Shoulder Wings for Dorothea Maria Gown from POF

The medium scollop edged trim like the one on the above jerkin was added to the CF opening.

Metallic lace trim on front of Dorothea Maria Gown from POF

Once the trim was on I could add the facing. 

Bodice facing of  Dorothea Maria Gown from POF

Next the lacing strips needed to be added. 

The lacing strips are attached to the facing and the lining will go over both. 

lacing strips for the Dorothea Maria Gown from POF

The photo's so far have all turned out rather monochrome, a problem with photographing grey on grey on grey. Apparently exposure compensation will help with this problem.