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.

Christmas Candy Cushion

I've been seeing lots of peppermint candy inspired crafts everywhere this year. Nothing says Christmas like red & white peppermint candy canes!

Christmas Candy Cushion

When I saw Liz's Peppermint X-mas Cushion on her blog 'Howling at the Mooon' I really wanted to make one.

I didn't have any appropriate yarn so I pinned it to my Pinterest Crochet board for when I did have yarn.

When I saw this awesome Candy Cane Ripple Scarf and Peppermint Candy Hat pattern over at 2 Crochet Hooks I really, really, really wanted to join in on the peppermint candy fun. That Candy Hat has been added to my to-make list too. 

Then my brain finally remembered that I have a UFO, it's not stripes but it is red and white! A UFO that was really a failed and discarded afghan attempt from last year. And now I knew what to do with it!

The shell pattern is from An Encyclopedia of Needlework.

Shell stitch crochet rectangle UFO

Shell stitch crochet

It just had to be turned into a cushion.

I wanted it to be a little different so I made up some hexagon ends using the hexagon pattern from Meet Me At Mikes.

I did make a small change and used trebles instead double trebles.

red & white crochet hexagons

hexagon close up

I realised the cushion cover would need a closure so I made these cute little buttons from Sheruknitting although they refused to have a nice photo taken.

crochet buttons

I still need to stitch the buttons on properly, but I couldn't wait to show you.

hexagon cushion end

I think it turned out not to shabby even if it's more smooshed into little pieces candy bits then peppermint candy cane stripes. (Hubby says it looks like spaghetti)

crochet buttons on cushion

crochet cushion

Until I get those buttons stitched on (hopefully later tonight) it's technically still a WIP but at least its been upgraded from UFO. That's a win in my book.

Crochet Christmas Candy Cushion

This post was featured at Judy's Handmade Creations


  1. Hi I am popping over from How To Get Organized At Home, I just wanted to say thank you for visiting and sharing an awesome article, I am giving this a go over the holidays I love it. Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Good luck with your holiday crafting projects! I'll see you over at How to Get Organised at Home in the new year.

  2. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing over at Monday Handmade Linkup Party! Have a Merry Christmas! :)

    1. I'm glad you like it :o) I hope to have more fun stuff to link up in the new year. :o)

  3. You are our featured on Monday Handmade Linkup Party! :)

    1. How exciting! It's the first time I've had a post featured, Thank you very much!

  4. What fun projects!! I'd love it if you shared this post on the Pleasures of the NWs DIY party!!

    1. Thanks for the invite. I hope I haven't missed the party.

  5. Cute pillow! And it really does make me think of Christmas candy canes or peppermints! Yum!

  6. So creative and cute pattern you used for it and I love your little buttons you made too!


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