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.

Easter Egg Crochet Pattern 1

Easter Egg Crochet Pattern 1

Decorative Easter Egg Back Loop Crochet Pattern Motif-1

Supplies and Equipment

Yarn - 8 ply
Hook - 3mm
Yarn needle

Stitches Used

US Crochet Stitch Terms

SS - slip stitch
BL SC - back loop single crochet
BL HDC - back loop half double crochet
BL DC - back loop double crochet
BL DC in air - join a new colour working a double crochet into a back stitch
DC2T - double crochet 2 together (decrease)
DC6T - double crochet 6 together (decrease)


The Easter Egg patterns are worked from the Right Side only and into the Back Loops of stitches. For ease of reading the patterns all BL references have been omitted. 

Double crochet in air step-by-step instructions

Add new colour too hook with a slip knot creating a loop on the hook, YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2, YO, pull through 2

Easter Egg Crochet Motif 1

Decorative Egg 1

Row 1 - brown yarn

Ch 4, DC into first Ch (4th from hook), Ch 2, 2 DC into same stitch as previous DC

Row 2 - red yarn

DC in air,  DC, 2 DC into chain space of 2, Ch 2, 2 DC into same Ch space, 2 DC

Row 3 - brown yarn

DC in air, 3 DC, 2 DC into Ch space, Ch 2, 2 DC into Ch space, 4 DC

Row 4 - red yarn

DC in air, 3 DC, Ch 1, 1 DC, 3DC into Ch space, 1 DC, Ch 1, 4 DC

Row 5 - brown yarn

3 DC, HDC, HDC, 5 SC,

Row 6 - red yarn

DC in air, 14 DC

Easter Egg Crochet Motifs

Row 7 - brown yarn

Repeat row 5

Row 8 - red yarn

DC in air, 3 DC, Ch 1, skip a stitch and DC in next, DC3T, DC, Ch 1, 4 DC

Row 9 - brown yarn

DC in air,  DC, DC2T, DC into Ch space, DC next Ch space, DC2T, DC,

Row 10 - red yarn

DC6T skipping 2 centre stitches, SS to finish.

Easter Egg Back Loop Crochet Pattern 1