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 Insertion Lace

Insertion Lace in Cross Treble Crochet (aka Cross Double Crochet - US)

Insertion Lace in Cross Treble Crochet (aka Cross Double Crochet - US)

This simple little crochet insertion lace was very difficult for me to work when I first tried to make it. I had mastered the foundation chain and was learning how to work crossed double crochet stitches. 

I was inspired to try to make this insertion by the description Thérèse de Dillmont gives in her book the Encyclopaedia of Needlework. 
"This kind of treble produces an openwork effect and is often used for the heading of lace or for insertions for ladies' or children's underwear."
Insertion Lace in Cross Treble Crochet (aka Cross Double Crochet - US)

Project started:

I can't remember, maybe 5 years ago?

Last worked on the project:


Still to do:

Frog it or finish it. It's a nice warm weather project so I will plan to work on it over this coming summer, otherwise I will frog it.

 Finish (tentative)

Update on Previous Project

little granny squares prior to edging

I'm still working on those little crochet granny squares and although I was hopeful I would have the joining complete by now, it was a little over ambitious. I am close though and hope to start on a decorative edging before next weeks Finish it Friday.

If you've been following along you're probably quite bored of these little squares by now however if you're new here you may want to get caught up on their back story. 

The first reveal on these granny squares I tell the story of how I almost threw out the yarn. 

Almost a year later and the squares were the first project to launch Finish It Friday.

I got the pink edging under way back in mid May and once the last square was edged I jumped right in and got onto joining

Was there progress?


Did I enjoy working on it?

I'm ready to move on to the next project but first I plan to add a decorative edging.

Will I continue to work on it?

Last week I thought I might have this project finished by now but I'm feeling more realistic and it will probably be another two weeks before it's completed.

That's it for another week of #FinishItFriday. Happy Finishing!

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I'll be looking for them to share but it always helps if you remember to tag me at Purfylle.

See previous Finish It Friday projects.