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.

Rhombus Crochet Afghan

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern
I'm so excited to be sharing my rhombus afghan crochet project with you. 

I really enjoyed making this crochet project, it worked up nice and fast providing that wonderful gratification a quick project gives you. I didn't keep track of the time I spent on it but I made it up over about a week.

To begin I worked up a few rhombus rows in each colour.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

By beginning every other rhombus row in the middle rather then at the point the row nest together wonderfully.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

The colour scheme sort of developed as I went, edging some of the rows in contrasting colour and some in the same colours. 

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

Joining the rhombus rows was interesting, A third colour would have been nice but I only had my 2 colours to work with. It all worked out in the end.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

The edging and the joins give this wonderful three dimensional feel and a wonderful textural contrast that doesn't really come through in the photos the way it does in real life.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free patternrhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

Trying to get photos was a bit of a challenge with my little helper, Geri the Wonder Dog doing her bit. She was not impressed when I shooed her off. 

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern

Click here for the pattern.

rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan with free pattern


rhombus (diamond) crochet afghan



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Comments

  1. Wow - this is a really cool pattern! I just started crocheting earlier this year and I've been enjoying it. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

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    1. I find crochet gets more and more addictive the more I do it, I'm sure you will to.

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  2. Love!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

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  3. I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  4. I love doing blankets in strips instead of squares. I bet this is a joy to crochet with all that texture.

    I just read your story about Geri. My mutt was weaned onto cow's milk at three weeks and suffers major separation anxiety, plus seizures. People do terrible things sometimes. I'm glad she found a good home with you, and gets to "help" you with your pictures.

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  5. This is just beautiful! I have not yarn talents at all and I am so impressed. This piece is just overflowing with textures! (I love your story about Geri, too!)
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  6. Stella, This is beautiful! Amazing that it is so quick to put together. Thank you so much for coming over and sharing with us this week at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share. Have a great week!
    ~Laurie

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