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.

Tampico Bustle

You may have noticed two missing dimensions in my previous post, waist and length.  I did some guess work on ruffle lengths, referenced some other bustle pads and used my own waist as a bit of a guesstimate, but a bit more bustle research showed up this image of the 1886 Tampico bustle on Pinterest. I haven't found a source for the image yet.
Tampico Daisy Bustle 1886


A bit more searching and I found a reference to the Tampico bustle in the 'Strawbridge & Clothier's quarterly 1882' (which turns out to be an absolute wealth of information), and includes a listing for the Tampico bustle with length! Win!

Tampico Bustle from Strawbridge & Clothier's quarterly 1882
No. 50.—Pleated Tampico Bustle
 seven rows of pleating side pieces
 length 12 inches. Price, 90c.

Strawbridge & Clothier's quarterly 1882 lists 7 rows of pleats not 6 like the one at the Met Museum, but I call that close enough to work from, besides 12 inches divides by 6 really nicely.

This pin does not cite references either however I am including it for completeness.

If you have any more information on the Tampico Bustle do share!

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