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.

Charming Crochet Motif


Several charming little crochet motifs came through on my Facebook feed by My Picot. One motif in particular grabbed my attention.

There was a chart pattern for it. I have never used a chart pattern before although it's been on my list of things to learn to do.



This was the motif that inspired me to have a go! It really helped that the pattern provides extra information for the details.

I used some cheap acrylic yarn that doesn't have a nice hand feel or finish, regardless I think it turned out alright despite the yarn. In a nice cotton this motif would be dreamy, and you can even see what I mean if you take a look at the pin on my pinterest crochet board.


If you would like to try your hand at the chart crochet pattern you can find it linked to the pin as well.


Ada-cat kindly offered herself as a guide for scale just in case you were wondering how big my motif tunred out.  I used my trusty size 1 / 2.35mm hook with 8 ply acrylic.



I'm rather pleased to say I think my first try at using a crochet chart was a success.


What do you think? Would these motifs be suitable for the centre of an afghan if you made up enough motifs for a complete circle?

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