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 Hair Ties

crochet hair ties
If you're like me you've suddenly realised it's less then 10 days to Christmas and you haven't done any shopping whatsoever, the piggy bank is hungry and you're nieces will be expecting some cutesy little gift to open on Christmas day from their favourite Aunty. What to do?

Crochet hair ties of course!

small hair ties - 3 cm - perfect for small crochet hair motifs

To make cutesy little hair ties you'll need some yummy yarn and a packet of hair ties in whichever size you prefer.

I'm using small hair ties about 3cm in diameter. 

Yummy Yarn perfect for small crochet motifs - Gelato by Moda Vera
Yummy Yarn perfect for small crochet motifs - Gelato by Moda Vera

My yarn is a 4 ply cotton blend which apparently is what is called fingering yarn in other parts of the world. The hook I'm using is my 2.35mm wood handled Milford hook.

small motifs are perfect for cutesy hair ties

Find the patterns for these motifs on my Pinterest board - Crochet Hair Ties
The patterns for the motifs shown in the picture on the left are all by other wonderful crocheters.

On the board you will find all the motifs you see here plus a few I haven't tried out yet.

The three flowers on the right are from my 6 Petal Poppy pattern. 

The only variation from the poppy pattern was adding the hair tie and not adding the button.

6 petal flower motif for hair ties

To add the hair tie to the 6 petal Poppy:

Where the pattern calls for sc 12 into the circle in round 2, instead sc 2, sc 4 over the hair tie, sc 6 and your hair tie has been added.
Continue as per the pattern.

I'm making a couple of hair ties every now and then and in no time I'll have a mountain of the cutest little hair ties. I've got a few other little things planned for the girls too so make sure you come back to see what else I've got in store for my nieces this year!


  1. Oh, there's that Gelato again... I want to EAT that stuff! Great idea using all the different motifs. So cute! Love the Pinterest board, too!

    1. That little red motif second from the top is your simple snowflake pattern. I don't know why it didn't come out pointier, I'll have to give it another go, it's one of my favs!
      The yarn was on sale for $1.99 a ball, I was thrilled.

  2. Super cute, and I also like the colors!
    Personally I have a very(!!) long hair so I use all kind of hair-ties

    1. I would love to see your super long hair! Every winter I think I will grow my hair longer and then summer comes and I can't stand it.

  3. So so pretty and yummy!!
    I so need to learn how to do this !!
    When my PP finally accepts wearing hair ties, I'll need 'em by the billions, I'm sure!
    So how was Christmas, and birthday?
    Happy New Year!

    1. The little poppies and the ones that cover the whole hair tie are the ones I would recommend for starting with. Christmas was great. Thanks for asking. Birthday is a secret you know.


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