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.

Caul - how many bobbins was that?

It's taking forever but my first plaited caul is nearly finished. I keep running out of bobbins and have to finish off sections so I can use the bobbins in other sections.

And if you're wondering, I added the pearls which is a part of the reason it is taking so long to finish, adding beads really slow things down.  I haven't added the beads on the outside edges this time, which makes it easier to tie off the bobbins and meant I didn't have to start over completely. I can't wait to see what it looks like and to see which finishing technique works the best (I've tried a few).  So far I've used 153 pearl beads, 50 gram ball of perle no. 5 cotton and 88 bobbins, 40 of which have been removed and reused. The other 8 bobbins are still on my picot practice project on the bolster pillow, I thought I might have to use them but it turned out I didn't need to after all .

I wonder if there is a better way? I have an idea for a different pattern, and if I can figure it out will mean more economical yarn usage which will be important when using more expensive metallic fibres, as well as fewer bobbins and endings. If you have any ideas do let me know, as a complete novice to this bobbin lace stuff I can use all the advice and help I can get. 


  1. wow that is a lot of bobbins! I haven't tried bobbin lace, looks complicated! Can't wait to see it done :)

    1. For years I was scared of trying it because it looks so complicated, I'm so glad I gave it a go, it's so much simpler then it looks.


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