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.

Flannelette Tampico Inspired Bustle

I'm quite pleased with the final results from the flannelette version of the Tampico style bustle.

The ruffles are stiffer then I expected from the soft fabric and they have a lot more structure then the blue and purple one without the corded edge.  That one may end up in the UFO pile yet until I can face more of the horrid synthetic fabric, aaaand I've been distracted by other projects, which I will tell you all about soon.

Sorry about the poor lighting in the photos, I don't have the photography 'studio' set up at the moment because it's being used as my project work space instead.

It turned out to be larger then I expected, slightly too big for me, so I'll probably sell this one. I'll make a few changes the next time I make it so the front doesn't overlap so much and the pleat at the sides go the other way, but overall I'd call it a success.


  1. looks great. So amazing you figured out the pattern from photos and written descriptions. I do that some with crochet patterns. If it had fit, what would you have worn over it?

    1. Thank you. It can be fun working out the pattern from pictures but sometime it takes a lot of trial and error, do you find that with crochet patterns? I have a specific 1870's gown in mind for wearing with this kind of bustle. In retrospect I think I need to rework the dimensions to get this bustle closer to the original and I have some new fabric that I think should behave like the fabric used in the (I hope).


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