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.

Vintage Cuff Links

A Gentleman's Brass Cuff Links

Vintage Cuff Links in a row

These understated cuff links were found at a thrift store a few years ago by yours truly.
I don't know much about them.

A single brass cuff link

Obviously the original owner kept matching sets, possibly in case he lost one, that way he would always have matching spares.

brass cuff links piled together

It makes me think of dapper gentleman that open doors for ladies. Maybe they were part of his uniform.

Matching vintage cuff links

 There were four sets. Each set was tied together with a piece of string.

swivel cuff links post one turned the other not

They have the little swively post thingos that hold them securely in your cuff.

back view of cuff links

The flat triangular head is attached at a precise angle, for best effect when worn I suppose. 

4 sets of vintage cuff links

I wonder what he did for a living, perhaps he was a driver or a pilot, a soldier or a doorman?
What do you think the gentleman might have done to earn his bread?


  1. Hmm..maybe he worked as a house staff, such as a valet, who usually receives the past used items of the gentleman of the house that he serves. Although in that case, they will have seen two owners. :) P.S. Thank you for visiting my blog. :)


    1. I like your theory :o) good luck with your costumes!


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