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.

Vintage Crochet Motif

Crochet Baby Blanket from Vintage Pattern
Last Monday we took a look at my neighbours unfinished baby blanket

It's completed now, with a sweet little border added to give it that finishing touch. I've got the original pattern to share with you too. My neighbour was thrilled to have this blanket all complete just when her grand-niece is 2 months old. The timing could not have been more perfect.

Crochet Baby Blanket Edging

Unfortunately there is no date on the crochet pattern, however the other patterns she had stored with it were dated to 1976 and looking at the magazine photo's I suspect the pattern for this project is from around the same time. It's almost as old as I am!

1970's Crochet Motif

There was nothing to indicate which magazine this pattern came from either.

1970's Crochet motif with project patterns

There were instructions for making the stitches, making the motif, as well as more projects to create using the motif; a bedjacket, a baby's matinee jacket and bonnet.

1970's Crochet motif pattern
M = main colour - C = contrast colour

I removed the sheet of paper from the scrapbook to see what was on the back hoping to find a date, there was another crochet pattern for a scarf and the start of yet another for a baby's outfit.

This baby blanket is as old as the pattern it's made from, started in the 1970's it's finally been completed

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    1. I can't say I'm a fan to be honest. I've never had much of a thing for yellow though so I'm a bit biased.

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  2. So sweet!! Lovely pattern.
    How nice of you to finish it for her!!

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    1. She deserves to get what little happy moments she can in this life now, she has lost her husband and both her boys. It was the least I could do.

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    1. It is so sweet she held onto it for all these years.

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  4. Very pretty. It looks like a lot of work - all that joining. Whew!

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    1. Joining is just 2 stitches on either side of each corner -went nice an fast.

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