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.

Tunisian Crochet Wrap

Tunisian Crochet Wrap

If it weren't for Finish It Friday this Tunisian crochet project would still be in the UFO pile for the second time when I was faced with lengths of unequal length.

In the end I decided to go ahead and join the sections anyway then fill in the difference with a bit of creative double crochet. Even that had to be frogged more then once. This project has fought me from the start. Do you ever have projects like that?

pesky problems

I truly loved the different textures from the different stitch types used within this project. Each Tunisian crochet stitch gives a completely different finish.

Tunisian crochet stitch types

To join the lengths of each stitch sample I single crocheted along the sides and crab stitched back. After attempting several joining methods I went double crochet along the edge working into the back of the crab stitch and then used single crocheted into every other space between the double crochets working from side to side. 

Single crochet join worked into double crochet and crab stitch edging.

I think it was worth all the effort in the end, and so did my sister in law who will be enjoying this wraps toasty warmth come winter.

While all the crocheting on this project was finished some months ago it was only when my sister in law came over recently that I sat down to weave in the last few ends so she could take it home with her. I guess that doesn't really make this a bonus project from last year after all although I had mentally catalogued it as such.

Tunisian Crochet Wrap worked in strips

Project started:

winter 2004

Last worked on the project:

January 2017

Still to do:

FINISHED! WooHooooo!!!!!!

Previous posts on project: 

It's not a UFO if I'm working on it right? Tunisian Crochet Sampler

This crochet project saw a lot of frogging while figuring out the joins. Tunisian Crochet Sampler Join - Finish It Friday

Tunisian Crochet Wrap worked in strips giving a unique textural effect

Notes to the would-be Tunisian crocheter. The various Tunisian crochet stitches give different tension results so do not expect 10 rows of one stitch type to equate to 10 rows of a different stitch type in either length or width.


See previous Finish It Friday projects.


  1. I've still never fully picked up Tunisian because I can't get even tension out of ANY of it. ;)
    The wrap looks great! It looks very much like a piece with some well-planned texture, not a sampler pieced together. Nice finish!

    1. I find it doesn't look even at first, you just have to keep going and it somehow turns out looking even or settling in as you go. I remember how tight my stitches were when I started to learn but working them loosely is best.

  2. Wow!
    My home net is off, so I won't be by for awhile!
    I'll miss you!


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