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 Lace Tape


This yarn is so yummy I could eat it! 


It's called Gelato so it sounds yummy too. A 50/50 cotton/acrylic blend gives the best of both worlds. 



Hubby took me yarn shopping (because he awesome!) and he spotted this yarn and pointed it out to me. I'm so glad he did! Gelato is a lovely yarn to work with and gives the prettiest finish to your work, holding it's shape nicely. 


This is my first crochet lace project and I'm very pleased with it so far. Have you ever made crochet lace? I think I'm addicted. 

Crochet Lace Tape

To see progress on my lace tape project see Crochet Lace Tape - part 2.

Update April 2016: I hope to pick this project up again as soon as my shoulder and back lets me start crocheting again. You should be able to find the video tutorial by Sheru Knitting here, just let me know if you can't find it and I'll hunt it down for you.

Comments

  1. i've never gone past the granny squares! But this is so beautiful and I love the teal colour you have chosen.

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    1. It's turned out to be just as easy as granny squares once I got going. I love the colour to, I chose the yarn first and then decided what I was making and had to go and buy more. You would think I'd have learnt by now.

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  2. I did crochet a long time ago, but forgot it all! this is very sweet and the colour amazing, it does look yummy!
    I wrote you an email about the Blogger Recognition Award, I'd love to nominate you, I'm not sure you got it?
    Thanks

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    1. Thank you so much! I am really behind this week (we've got family visiting) I'll go and look for your message right away ;o)

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  3. That yarn color is so pretty and what ever you are making is going to be beautiful!
    Thanks for your lovely visit to my blog today.

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    1. I certainly hope my project turns out especially seeing as you seem to think it will, I'm not so confident which is why I'm keeping it to myself for now. Thanks for dropping by to say hi back =)

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  4. Love lace! I've always been too intimidated by it to even try.
    My hands are too crinky to crochet now.
    I love that word I just made up!!
    Your husband has good taste in yarn ( and women!)
    Melinda

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  5. Super yummy yarn, and very lovely lace! I love lace patterns... Some are complicated for when you feel like a challenge, and some are repetitive and great for meditating over. I love how you can make it delicate with thread, or bold with worsted. But most of all, I love that yarn!

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    1. That yarn is on special right now and I have several more balls to play with. My blue project is in the naughty corner while I think about what needs to be done and I am making little Christmas presents with the new colours.

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  6. Lovely lace! The swatch in the pic looks like an abstract Christmas tree to me, as well ;)

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    1. I love your Christmas tree interpretation. I just might have to make Christmas ornaments!

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  7. This is lovely.do you have a pattern for it?

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    1. I totally forgot to come back and link to the tutorial! I thought I would have my project finished by now and have all the information in one place but it's been pushed to the back of the crochet pile while I make Christmas things. It's a 2 part you tube video by Sheruknitting. https://youtu.be/rR0JcTJJ5ew.

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    2. This link doesn't work anymore but this one should. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh0fA1c9qCmBMudMwZtn0-_VSjTx4F9iL

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  8. Absolutely agree with you! Love the blend of cotton and acrylic too!

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    1. I'm still loving it! It seems to be softer then straight cotton.

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  9. Please help me, where can I get this pattern, its so beautiful! Thanks so much for any help. :)

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    1. I'm sorry, I don't know if there is a written pattern, I used the video tutorial which is in 2 parts. I've linked to my crochet play list above in the post however here is the link to the first video of the tutorial. https://youtu.be/rR0JcTJJ5ew?list=PLh0fA1c9qCmBMudMwZtn0-_VSjTx4F9iL

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  10. Beautiful color! almost makes me want to learn how to crochet. Almost.

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    1. This project is STILL waiting for me to take a decent photo of current progress and then do something with it. *sigh*

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  11. Could you please let me know that size is the crochet hook

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    1. My hook is 2.35mm (and numbered as a size 1) I hope that helps.

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  12. Your work is beautiful. Can you give me an idea of what you used the tape for. Te only thing i can think of is a thin scarf.

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    1. If you check out part 2 you'll get a sneak peak. http://www.purfylle.com/2016/01/crochet-lace-tape-part-2.html

      I was actually making it into a top, but I'm not exactly happy with how it was coming together, and I've put on weight. I am just finishing up another large crochet project so should be back working and blogging about this one shortly. I plan to undo then re-join the lace tapes and make them into a spring cardigan (it's spring here in Australia)

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  13. hello. l am a beginner crochet. can l know if l crochet lace tape and its gonna be long. but in the l want to increase the length also (means to be more wider). how do l connect then to another lace?

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    1. Hi. I am using Bruge Crochet to join my lace tape. I will have some pictures showing how this is done perhaps next month.

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  14. Custom Hat Embroidery
    Thank you for a great explanation. I was looking online for a similar idea and really appreciate it

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  15. Will you please list the size needle you use and more information about the yarn? Thank you!

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    1. The hook I used for this project is 2.35mm Milford wooden handled hook. A 2.5mm hook would work just as well.
      The gelato yarn is a 4ply/fingering yarn. Here's a Revelry link to more information about the yarn. https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/moda-vera-gelato

      I hope that helps!

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