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.

Poppy Garland

This Crochet Poppy Garland is designed to be worked up quickly for bulk poppy making and yarn bomb projects. 



Stitches - US terms used

SS - slip stitch
Ch - chain stitch
SC - single crochet
TR - treble (yarn over twice, pull through 2, yarn over pull through 2, yarn over pull through 2)


*Row 1 working in black yarn

Ch 4, join with a  SS into a loop (or use a magic loop or other loop method as preferred)


Row 2 


SC 8 into ring, join with SS


Chain 10 - 30 (or more) stitches depending on desired distance between poppies

Repeat from * for length of desired garland


Row 3 working in red yarn

Using a SC, Join yarn anywhere into the single crochet stitches of row 2. **Ch 3 skip a stitch of previous row and SC into next stitch repeat from ** 3 times leaving off the last SC, instead SS to first SC of row.


Row 4


***Working into Ch 3 space work SC, Ch 3, 10 TR, Ch 3, SC

Repeat from *** 3 more times, SS to finish.




Pro tips:

  • Work over red yarn end as you go to minimise weaving in.
  • Back your garland with fabric for extra visibility.




This poppy garland pattern can be seen in the Z-Special tribute.

Z Special Unit - Lest We Forget


Comments

  1. I love this Stella! For remembrance, it's terrific. And looks easy!
    Especially stunning on the white back ground.

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    1. The white background certainly helped to make it stand out. Easy and fast were the main priorities, I want to get some thicker yarn to try it with though.

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  2. Oh this is gorgeous Stella, I particularly like the one on the white background as the colour really pops there. Very pretty. - Tasha

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    1. I hope to get back to making more before November...but I've got so many other projects on the go it might not happen.

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