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.

Hi-Vis Floor Mat Crochet Pattern

Hi-Vis Floor Mat in bright orange and yellow stripes

Don't you just love a soft springy mat under your feet when you jump out of bed, the shower or if you're standing at the kitchen sink or bench for any period time?

Making the mat yourself adds a warm fuzzy feeling and you appreciate the cushioning effect all the more.

What makes this crochet floor mat so comfortable and springy underfoot?

A simple yarn hack that converts light weight yarn into thick yarn is all it takes to get the extra springy feel that chunky yarn alone will not provide.

Hi-Vis Floor Mat Crochet Pattern Details


Pattern Difficulty

Easy

Hook

6mm  *Pink Crochet Hooks (affiliate link of course)

Yarn

Brand: Fashion Plus mill end bags - similar to King Cole Cottonsoft DK
Weight/Ply: Not stated -12 wraps per inch - equivalent to 8 ply | DK weight
Composition: cotton
Colour: Orange and Yellow
Quantity: 2 x bags

What makes this mat extra cushioning underfoot is the triple strands from one ball of yarn hack.
See below for a 1 minute tutorial by Briana K.


Stitches and abbreviations used (US Terms) 

Ch - Chain Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
Sk - Skip a stitch

Special Stitches

Cl - Cluster stitch

To work a cluster stitch:
DC3Tog (Double crochet 3 together), Ch 1 to complete the cluster

To work a DC3Tog:
YO (Yarn over hook), insert hook into row below and PUL (pull up a loop), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook - first DC partially complete and 2 loops remain on hook
YO,  insert hook and PUL, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook - 2nd DC partially complete and 3 loops remain on hook
YO, insert hook and PUL, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook - 3rd DC partially complete and 4 loops remain on hook
YO, pull through all loops on hook)

crochet cluster stitch

Finished Weight 

640 grams

Finished Size

41.5cm x 81cm
19in x 32in

25 clusters across x 28 row of clusters long not counting the chain rows.
Each colour band is 4 rows of clusters.


Hi Visibility Floor Mat Easy Crochet Pattern

Hi-Vis Floor Mat Crochet Pattern


Foundation row

Ch 52 stitches - multiples of 2 - turn work

Row 1


Skip 1, SC into second chain from hook, *Sk 1, SC, repeat from * until last stitch of row, SC in last stitch, turn work

TIP

Work into the back loop of your foundation chain for a nicer edge

Row 2

SC into first stitch and Ch 2 - counts as first DC - Ch1, work a Cluster into each chain space skipping the single crochet stitches, to finish the row Ch1, DC into the last stitch, turn work

Row 3

SC into DC, SC in space between double crochet and first cluster, Ch 1, *SC between clusters, Ch1, repeat from * to after the last cluster, SC in last stitch of row, turn work

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 x 27 times

Change colour before starting the odd rows - row 3 - in repeats of 4 rows of clusters.

Final row

SC in first stitch, SC in space between double crochet and first cluster, *SC in top of cluster, SC between cluster, repeat from * to end, SC in last stitch of row, cut yarn and pull through loop to finish.

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