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.

The Zip of Christmas Past

Decluttering the sewing room was great! Except now I can't find my zipper.

Christmas Past

Just before Christmas 2012 I decided it was time to get to know my sewing machine's embroidery stitches.

I also thought it would be a good opportunity to try and use up some remnants.

I ended up learning a lot about getting a digital machine to behave itself for embroidery but I'll tallk about that another day.

What I ended up with was some really pretty embroidered bits of fabric most of which became Christmas gifts for my family.

embroidery sampler pencil case

I had 2 pieces that I decided to keep for myself and one of them I turned into a cute little pencil case.

zip closure on embroidery sampler pencil case

I like to keep all of my metallic gel pens in it.

pens I like to use for writing on cards

The other I intended to do exactly the same with but I didn't add the zip that day for some reason, maybe it was furbaby dinner time - I don't remember - but for whatever reason the zip didn't get added.

For the last 2 years that zip was knocking around with my other embroidered fabric scrap waiting to be sewn in.

Christmas Present

And then I cleaned the sewing room. (sinister Jaws style music playing in the background)

I put that zip away somewhere. Somewhere sensible most likely.

But now I can't find it!

embroidered scrap waiting for it's zip

This is a regular occurrence for me. We joke about it.

Me: 'I tidied it!'
Hubby: 'Ohhh.' in that final way that means 'Well, that's the end of that then.'

Me: 'I put it somewhere safe....'
Hubby: 'Very safe!.' (So safe it will never been found again.)

Christmas Future

The zip is found! Hurrah!!! (beautiful harp music of happiness)........

.......Me: 'Where is that fabric I wanted to stitch the zip to?' (silence)


One day I'll have a place for everything and everything in its place.
(Christmas Future: 'Hahahahaha.' Me: 'Okay, you can stop laughing now, pffft!')

Disclaimer: Yes, this is a poor attempt at a Dickens reference. I suggest you read Dickens if you're after real literary classics.


  1. Love the reference to Dickens! You definitely made me smile tonight!

    1. Thank you Christie! Your comment has totally made my day xx

  2. This is great! I can't even tell you how many things I have lost by putting them in a safe place! I love things to look tidy but I know where they are some how when they are all floating around on the table in random piles. Your pencil bag is super cute!

    1. I know right! It's crazy how that works. I lost a crochet hook for 5 years because I put it away.

  3. Thanks for linking up at Two Uses Tuesday! Glad you found your zipper. I'm excited for the inspiration. Both my mom and MIL have the digital machines and now I'm itching to make pencil cases and pillow covers like this.


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