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.

Proud Poppy Free Crochet Pattern

Proud Poppy Pattern 


This poppy will sit up nice and proud holding it's shape even if left out in the rain.

The Proud Poppy pattern is provided in both Australian/UK and US crochet terminology. 


Proud Poppy

Australian Crochet Terms (UK crochet terms) 

SS - slip stitch
Ch - chain stitch
DC - double crochet
HTR - half treble crochet (yarn over pull through 3 loops)
TR - treble
FPTR - front post treble
BPTR - back post treble


Yarn - 8 ply / double knit.
The red yarn I used is a vintage pure wool, the maroon yarn is acrylic 8 ply.
Hook - I used my 4mm bamboo handled hook with both yarns, these hooks have become my go to hooks.

Row 1: Loop - 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

Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), HTR 15 into ring, join with SS

NB: crocheting over the yarn end will allow you to tighten the loop by pulling on the end. 


Row 3: Petals - working in red yarn 

Using a DC, join yarn anywhere into the HTR stitches of row 2.
Ch 1 , *DC in next stitch, Ch 1.  Repeat * to end. Join with a SS to first DC of row.

Row 4 

Working into Ch 1 space just made before your SS work DC, Ch 2 (counts as first TR)
*FPTR, around the post of the DC of previous row, 2 TR into next chain space. Repeat from * to end. Work the second TR into the first chain space and SS into second chain to join.

Row 5

DC between the first and last TR of previous row and Ch 2 (counts as first TR), *FPTR around FPTR or previous row, TR between trebles of previous row. Repeat from * to end. SS into second chain to join.

Row 6

BPSC around the TR of previous row and Ch 2 (counts as first BPTR), FPTR around FPTR of previous row, *BPTR, FPTR. Repeat from * to end, SS into second chain to finish.


Proud Poppy

Stitches - US terms 

SS - slip stitch
Ch - chain stitch
SC - single crochet
HDC - half double crochet
DC - double crochet
FPDC - front post double crochet
BPDC - back post double crochet

Yarn - 8 ply / double knit.
The red yarn I used is a vintage pure wool, the maroon yarn is acrylic 8 ply.
Hook - I used my 4mm bamboo handled hook with both yarns, these hooks have become my go to hooks.

Row 1: Loop - 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

Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), HDC 15 into ring, join with SS

NB: crocheting over the yarn end will allow you to tighten the loop by pulling on the end. 

Row 3: Petals - working in red yarn 

Join red yarn with a *SC, Ch 1,  repeat from * to end. Join with a SS into first SC of row.

Row 4 

Working into Ch 1 space where you have also just made your SS work SC, Ch 2 (counts as first DC),
*FPDC, around the post of the SC of previous row, 2 DC into next chain space. Repeat from * to end. Work the second DC into the first chain space and SS into second chain to join.

Row 5

SC between the first and last DC of previous row and Ch 2 (counts as first DC). *FPDC around the FPDC of previous row, DC between double crochet stitches of previous row. Repeat from * to end. SS into second chain to join.

Row 6

BPSC around the last DC of previous row and Ch 2 (counts as first BPDC), FPDC around FPDC of previous row, *BPDC, FPDC. Repeat from * to end, SS into second chain to finish.

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Comments

  1. Do you have a printer friendly version of this by chance?

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    1. Check back early next week. I'm hoping to have one up by then.

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  2. Great looking poppy, Stella!! Thanks for sharing for free, too!!

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