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.

Crochet Ripple Blanket

I was very naughty and started a new crochet project, my very first  ripple blanket!

crochet ripple blanket

I don't know what possessed me get the dark yarn to go with the pretty greys instead of the white, but I did.

crochet ripple blanket

All the patterns I found for ripple blankets called for counting a full row of chain stitch as the first row. Now I really don't like counting stitches so instead I used a treble foundation chain. The foundation chain worked great and I could stop whenever it suited me to.

I didn't use any one pattern to make this blanket, I researched a few different patterns and sort of got the gist of how they went together and did my own thing from there.

I made a few mistakes along the way crocheting this blanket but hopefully nobody will notice where I've had to make the odd correction adding in a bit extra here or taking a bit extra out there. (That's what happens when you don't follow a pattern!)

crochet ripple blanket

I started this blanket the week of Christmas. Because I used a nice chunky yarn with a 7mm hook the work went very quickly which is such a nice change from all the fine crochet work I've been doing. It's so satisfying having a project come together so quickly.

crochet ripple blanket

Next time I want to make nice sharp chevrons (v's) rather then ripples. If you have a free pattern for one I'd love for you to leave the address in the comments!

crochet ripple blanket

I'm calling this complete even though there is still a yarn thread to weave in here and there.

Crochet Ripple Blanket




Comments

  1. Here is my go-to website for almost any crochet project with any type yarn/hook - especially this Ripple! I try to find a way to substitute the stitches called for in a pattern I want to use for those that "Mama" has in her website. It seems, to me, at least, that "Mama's" stitches are easier to use than most. Here is her web address: http://stitcheryprojects.com/2012/12/10/no-beginning-chain-granny-ripple-afghan/. Hope you enjoy the ripple/chevron patterns as much as I do!

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  2. Thank you so much Marcia for sharing your resource. I'm heading over to take a look right now :o)

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    1. It looks like an interesting approach to the ripple pattern, I haven't had a good look around yet at the rest of the site. I will have to revisit and watch the video. I'm about to head off to bed though because it's getting late. Thanks again :o)

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  4. sorry! It's morning where I am in Nashville Tennessee USA. Good night!

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    1. No need to apologise! I'm used to be up at all the 'wrong' times :D

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  5. awesome! love the colors and the ripple! ripple has become my new fav pattern and this one looks great!

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    1. I'm going to have to do a bit more before I perfect the ripple. I'd be keen for you to do a tutorial hint hint.

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  6. Hello cute lady! I'm loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for partying with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  7. Reminds me of my mom! Love!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!!

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  8. I couldn't see the purple till the rolled up pic. But I love how the whole color scheme works together. Very nice! Even tho you were naughty! ;)

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