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.

Free Crochet Snood Patterns

When I tried my hand at snoods I used the 1942 'Perky Snood' instructions in conjunction with this video that uses the pattern in the below image from the chawed rosin.

 Perky Snood

I used a 2.35mm hook with pearl #5 yarn.

Here's a few other snood patterns I discovered in my snood adventures.
  • I came across this snood in a Ravelry discussion that links to the pattern on the Way Back Machine, I haven't tried this snood yet, it is worked in the round.
  • A half snood pattern I have yet to try, 1945 Loop-The-Loop Snood, another Way Back Machine find.
  • I tried this vintage snood pattern, it showed promise but didn't turn out right. Perhaps I read the pattern wrong.

I learnt a lot making snoods.

That different yarn gauges make a huge difference. On the left you can see the crochet perle which I also used in the bobbin lace caul v1.1 and on the right is a heavier bamboo yarn, giving a very different look to the finished snood.

Vintage snood drawstring ribbon elastic

I also learnt that adding a metallic thread changes the drape, adding beads takes a lot of time and there are several different ways to finish the snood for drawstring and elastic.

snood with  elastic and space for a ribbon

Although it takes longer to make and uses more yarn I prefer the method that accommodates both a ribbon drawstring and elastic.




Comments

  1. thanks for sharing the links to the crochet patterns for snoods! I have purchased some before but it would be great to make my own!

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    1. You're very welcome. I'd love to see them if you do make a snood or two.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this pattern!! I shared too on my FB page! Very nice and I am certain brings many memories of times/fashion past to current! Sandy

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    1. Thanks for sharing Sandy. The vintage gals love their snoods making past fashion contemporary (and it really makes doing your hair super easy)

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  3. Well, I've personally always wondered what a 'snood' was! They mention it in the movie White Christmas, which I watch faithfully every year. Every year I think, I'm going to look that up b/c i think I'm supposed to know what that is! ;)

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