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.

Trying Valenciennes Net Ground

In my last post I talked about why I think bobbin lace techniques were used to make Eleanora's cauls. 
Here are my first attempts to make the same net - I had to wait until I had made enough bobbins, I have used 10 pairs here.


Not too bad for a first attempt, the meshes are too big, about a square inch, and I'm not happy with the intersections.


Second attempt. I am much happier with the mesh size, about 3/4 inch . I've used a different technique at the intersections and they look a lot better. Now I've just got to learn about increases, decreases and finishing sewing the ends in and I'll be ready to try my hand at a caul.



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  1. Beautiful! I do not have the patience for bobbin lace.

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    1. I didn't think I would either but I've found I really enjoy it and that it goes faster then I thought it might.

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  2. Very interesting. This is a craft I've never tried before.

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    1. It looked so daunting the first time I came across it in my needlework encyclopaedia but it turned out to be much simpler then figuring out the description.

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