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 Jellyfish My First Amigurumi

Crochet Jellyfish My First Amigurumi

Crocheting a three dimensional project can seem pretty intimidating the first time you try it. At least that is how it felt to me so I wanted a nice easy project to get started. I am so glad I chose this Crochet Jellyfish as my first amigurumi (small crochet critter) project . If you can crochet a beanie you can crochet this Jellyfish!

The jellyfish pattern I chose is free to use by One Dog Woof. ChiWei gives easy to follow instructions for how to make and assemble the cap and tentacles, as well as precise instructions for where the eyes and mouth should go.

Crochet Jellyfish

The pattern suggests you could sew a loop on top for hanging your cute little sea creature up, I chose to crochet the loop. It's best to attach the before adding stuffing. I also used a bit of cloth to line the inside with before stuffing to ensure no stuffing poked out between the stitches.

Crochet Jellyfish Face

To add a touch of uniqueness to my little Jellyfish I added a fancy edging to the bell margin (cap/face) with a reverse or 'crab' puff stitch. For the eyes and mouth I used embroidery thread.

Crochet Jellyfish My First Amigurumi

I'm so grateful to the woman who asked my craft group to make her little sick little girl a crochet toy to cheer her up while she was in hospital or I may never have given amigurumi a try.

If you're looking to try your hand at amigurumi I highly recommend giving this crochet jellyfish a go!

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