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.

Crochet creations

Remember how I said I was going to crochet some hairnets to find the right design for Eleanor's caul? Well I have been crocheting snoods, varying the sizes, getting distracted by extant boudoir caps, making beanies because it's cold, had a few 'that's not right' moments and I've learnt a lot.

crochet snoods, Juliet caps, bonnet

  • left and top left: blonde snoods - when I choose the yarns for these 2 they looked nearly identical inside their plastic wrap, the results couldn't be more different. 
  • the browns from top to bottom: brunette snoods in plain, pearl beads and gold thread - although the same brown yarn was used for all 3 of them, the addition of pearl beads and gold thread really makes a difference to the look and feel. 
  • bottom: Juliet caps in fine white crochet cotton, the large one on the left has gold thread incorporated and worked the best, next to that is an attempt at a smaller mesh with silver thread and below that a plain cotton with pearl beads but without the metallic thread it doesn't hold it's shape as well as the others. 
  • top right: a hair bun net that I turned into a small reticule, not quite finished until the ends are stitched in and drawstring added. 
  • far right: My early Victorian cap interpretation, I made the pattern up as I went inspired by extant examples. Also not quite finished.

beaded snood

Cap 1850 - 1860 National Trust
ca. 1860 cotton American
 referenced to the Met Museum via Pinterest
however I could not find it in
their on-line collection records

early Victorian cap interpretation
Yes her head is on backwards - thank you for noticing.

failed boudoir cap
Some attempts worked better then others, this thingo was supposed to be a boudoir cap.  I haven't undone yet because it was soo much work and I haven't decided if I should turn it into a giant flower or something. What would you do with it?

Monochromatic beanie for hubby
I also made hubby a beanie.

But deviations aside, I've almost got the mesh design for my interpretation of Eleanor's caul.


  1. I bet that these would be very popular in school. Girls like different and this would be different. I love the one with the backward head. lol.

  2. I bet that these would be very popular in school. Girls like different and this would be different. I love the one with the backward head. lol.


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