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.

Pleating Froufy

cartridge pleats

Last year my Big Froufy Gown was such a last minute rush I was sewing on the morning of the fair. The skirt waistband was the dodgiest last minute fix. I just stitched ribbon on and relied on the bodice to cover it.

super dodgy last minute make it wearable NOW fix

This year the skirt is getting a proper waist band and cartridge pleats. It's also getting the over-skirt which means more pleats. The front is left flat and the pleats are denser at the back then at the sides. 

cartridge pleats pinned in place

To bustle the skirt I'd cut some lengths of cotton tape, laid the skirt on the table inside out and pinned a length of tape along each of the side back seams about 3 minutes before putting the skirt on. I didn't have time to see if the positioning and spacing was going to work or not.

safety pins to the rescue

In the car park at the fair I realised the hem was off the ground so I took the bottom row of pins out and hopped I didn't flash anyone. 

Now that the waist band is on I will be able to revisit the tapes to achieve a more pleasing arrangement.

if using safety pins to bustle a gown only pin on seam allowances

I wont' be making any changes to the hem or decorations. I did want to swap the pocket out but I don't think I'm going to have time to do so.

when not bustled this gown has a small train

I've got lots more in store for you however you may have to wait just a little longer. I'm behind schedule and there's only 3 days left to the Guildford Heritage Festival.


  1. Wow, so much work!! Just to wear at the fair??
    Cartridge pleats??
    Is the last picture the train of the gown?
    Gorgeous! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    1. So much work - just to test the pattern and use up some of the synthetic fabrics in my stash - wearing it at the fair is a bonus. Cartridge pleats are an old fashioned method of pleating https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleat#Cartridge_pleats. Yes, that last pic is the train.

  2. Holy cow! I can't tell up and down in these pictures but somehow you're making it look great.

    1. It's such a big skirt I don't really have the space to fit the whole thing into a shot, I'll have to see if I can do something about that.


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