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 Gift Card Envelope - Free Pattern

Crochet Gift Card Envelope - Free Pattern

Sometimes finding the right gift for those you love can be challenging and a gift card is the best option. Personalise your gift card with a hand made envelope.

Crochet Gift Card Envelope - Red and black envelope 

Yarn: 4 ply Fingering yarn.
Hook: 2.35mm

Row 1

Using colour create a double foundation chain of 25 stitches, turn work.

Row 2-20

*SC into first stitch, CH1 (takes place of first HDC), HDC  to end (24 stitches, take extra care not to miss the last stitch), turn work.

Row 21-24

Switch to colour B. Repeat from *for 3 rows.

Row 25-27

SC, CH 2 (takes place of first double crochet), v stitch to end of row (V stitch: skip one stitch on previous row DC in next, CH1, DC in same stitch of previous row; first V complete), DC in last stitch of previous row, turn work.

Row 28 

SC for 25 stitches, snip thread and pull through last stitch to finish.

Attach buttons, stitch up sides and weave in ends.

Design B - Silver heart envelope in black and fuchsia

If you find you have accidentally dropped a stitch or have only crocheted 24 rows (or any even number of rows) the V stitch pattern for rows 25-27 will not work for you and you can use this alternate finish instead.

Alternate design for Rows 25-27

*DC into first stitch of row, **CH 1, DC 2, repeat from ** to stitch 22, CH 1, DC, turn work.

Repeat from * for next 2 rows.


  1. These are soooooooooooooo cute!!
    I've made something similar a few years ago (kind of a book covering), so I think I can make this patter.
    I LOVE it

  2. So cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I may make one to carry business cards!

    1. That's a good idea, in your blog colours with little anchor buttons =D

  3. sweet!! love this little gift card holder purse deal! your colors are fab too :) you are such a sweetheart to share!

    1. I was only going to do one colour but my ball came to an end I decided in the moment to add a second. I'm so glad I did now ;o)

  4. I love quick little gift ideas like these! So easy to customize, too.
    I've had some gift cards get damaged after being shoved in my wallet, leaving them useless. This isn't just a cute idea - It's a great way to keep them protected, too!

    1. I'm always giving my nieces gift cards so they can get whatever they want, but I really wanted to make them that bit more special. I didn't realise gift cards could get damaged so easily. Thanks.


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