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 Pattern - 6 Petal Poppy

The 26th April is ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day. 

It's our own version of Remembrance day, you can learn more here.  This year was the ANZAC day centenary.
As usual I missed the boat and discovered too late about the incredible 5000 Poppies project.

I'm getting started for next year when the the excitement of a big centenary has worn off and extra effort will be all the more important by crocheting my own poppies. According to Wikipedia poppies have 4-6 petals so I made mine with 6 petals.

I used a 2.5mm crochet hook and red embroidery floss to make my flower. I also added a black button from my hoards of buttons and stitched a safety pin to the back.

6 Petal Poppy Crochet Pattern


ch - chain stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet

Round 1

ch 5, slip stitch into first chain to create a loop

Round 2

12 sc into loop, slip stitch into first sc

Round 3

ch 3, skip one ch and sc into next stitch, *ch 3, skip a chain and sc t into next stitch, repeat from * to end, slip stitch to close round

Round 4

Into first ch 3 space, sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc
into second ch 3 space * sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc
repeat * to end, slip stitch into first sc

To finish 

Add your button and safety pin if desired so you can wear it on your lapel or pin it to your bag.

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  1. SO cute and easy to make! Thanks for linking up at Happiness is Homemade. I'm pinning this one for future projects.

  2. LOVE this little flower! Pinned to a few places.
    I would love if you shared this at our Yarn Fanatic Linky Party - http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/04/yarn-fanatic-linky-party-34.html.

    1. Thanks so much for inviting me to your party. I hope you stopped by to link to Two Uses Tuesday. http://bitly.com/1EDrNYj

  3. Super cute. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Love this crochet pattern! Thanks for sharing at Motivational Monday this week :)

  5. Love this pattern! Our Remembrance Day is November 11. I'm going to make a bunch of these. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We also have Remembrance Day on November 11, ANZAC day is an additional day specifically to honour the ANZAC soldiers. I'd love to see your poppies when you get them done.

  6. Super Cute! What a great little embelishment!

    1. I think it would work up nicely in different colours and appliqued.

  7. Super Cute! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love having you!! Pinned!!

  8. I have revisited this sweet little poppy and included it in my 20 Yarn-Tastic Jewelry Projects Round Up. Thanks again for sharing it at our Yarn Fanatic Party :)
    Round Up: http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2016/02/20-yarn-tastic-jewelry-projects-yarn.html


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