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.

31 Things in 31 Days - Day 8: trial and error

Long forgotten first attempt at open work on linen and needlemade lace

Today I found things I'd forgotten I'd even tried. 

  • A first attempt at openwork on linen...and then the needle and thread required to finish it.
  • Another first attempt at some needle-made lace.
  • That last picture is a couple of bits of silk that were being lined with linen, all hand stitched. I'm not sure if it was going to be sleeve decorations or garters or what they were meant to be. I doubt I'll ever finish them. 

tins, box, pouch, paper bag

I also found more containers I don't need;

  • tins;
  • a box, 
  • a paper bag, and 
  • up the top there is a, now discoloured, cream silk pouch. 
  • I'm not keeping the silk kerchief either. 

macrame, crochet, lucet cord, scraps

More first attempts; 


  • Macram√©, 
  • crochet circle, 
  • a crochet thing that might have been intended to end up as a skirt - that's the puke olive green thing there. 


  • More scraps both fabric and wool (they breed I tell ya!), 
  • disintegrating lucet cord or spool knitting, and in that last picture, 
  • more scraps
  • an orange crochet thing that got nowhere, 
  • and a different bit of macram√© you might be more familiar with being referred to as 'friendship band'.

Who's counting? Have I hit 31 things yet? It doesn't matter, every day I'll be trying to ditch more.