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.

Little Crochet Granny Squares

I had this enormous cone of yarn, it was more then 12 inches wide. It didn't get a dust cover while it was in storage and it ended up rather icky.

I couldn't bring myself to just toss it even though it is a funny slubby cotton.

washed yarn, cardboard centre, wound ball, 40 granny squares

I wound the yarn off the cone and washed it. After washing the yarn I would then wind it onto the cardboard centres from yarn I've already used. As you can see I'm not risking it getting icky again, I'm using zip lock bags to keep everything clean.

Initially I began working large granny squares but I had to abandon that idea as the yarn gets all twisty as you work it. Then I moved onto all sorts of fancy little squares when I realised how difficult they would be to fit together.

I've been slowly working my way through crocheting lots of little plain granny squares. 40 squares fit nicely into one large zip lock bag.

Although it was not my plan to be working on this project very much at all this winter - because I intended to work on my knitting UFO and the Tunisian crochet UFO - I have found myself gravitating towards working the little granny squares instead.

Working these little squares is very gratifying because I can work one up fairly quickly and feel as though I have achieved something. Working one little square gives me the satisfaction of doing some crafting without being so much that I aggravate my complaining joints. Being able to do even a little bit helps keep me sane.

I'm convinced I have some more of those granny squares somewhere, and it's driving me a little bonkers not being able to find them. I'm sure they will turn up as I start delving into decluttering the sewing and crafting stuff.

Crochet project

This is one more project to add to my Projects List.


  1. Glad you were able to salvage your yarn!
    I feel the same way about small granny squares. Love that they work up so quickly! ..joining them... another story! haha

    1. I find I don't mind joining so long as I use a different colour and there is a visual impact. Stitching them together bores me though.

  2. Good save! Small things give me instant gratification too. Sometimes I just don't have the ooomph for a long project!

    1. It's nice to just be able to say 'I achieved something today'. ;o)


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