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 Beanie With Stretch

Crochet Beanie With Stretch

The simple truth of crochet beanies is they don't have a lot of stretch to them when compared with knitted beanies.

This can make crochet beanies a little more difficult to get the fit right. There are few ways to make a crochet beanie with  stretch.

Using ribbing for the entire beanie is a simple and effective way to achieve that elusive sketchiness. Once you know how to do the increases for ribbing you're good to go.

Crochet Beanie With Stretch - side, back, front

I made this my Crochet Beanie With Stretch using 4 Seasons flinders 100% cotton yarn in black and orange with a 2.5mm ergonomic hook. There were a few knots I had to cut out of the yarn which did effect when I decided to make colour change choices. I always cut my knots out, do you?

I find the colours very striking but these shades are not as soft as others in the range, I hope it will soften with a wash and some use. It stretches more then I show in the photos but it's more challenging then you might expect to hold the camera in one hand stretch the beanie with the other on a light styrofoam head.

Crochet Beanie With Stretch yarn and hook

The pattern I used was from the Easy Crochet beanie hat adult teens 20"-22" Rib stitch tutorial from Happy Crochet Club. It is the only ribbed beanie tutorial I could find that was worked in the round and did not require the crown to be stitched together later or made in a weird manner.

I have tried other patterns in the past with varying success. This pattern is by far my favourite and is completely scaleable for use with any size yarn, hook or head. I highly recommend it.

Is this crochet beanie with stretch as easy as it states in the tutorial name? Well yes and no, I wouldn't make it my first beanie project but once you are familiar with front and back post crochet and the standard beanie formula you will find it a breeze to make!

Crochet Beanie With Stretch
Crochet Beanie With Stretch