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.

How To Make Your Dragon

How To Make Your Dragon
Have you fallen in love with dragons too? Of course I couldn't resist trying to make my own dragon which meant I needed to up my amigurumi game.

I hunted down the original pattern for the cutest little dragon, a FREE pattern  so don't feel the need to go buying the rip-offs you see popping up around the place.

Crochet Mini Dragon

How To Make Your Crochet Dragon

To make this pretty little dragon, who surely must be related to those Furious Dragons we've all fallen for, I used a mystery crochet cotton from my stash with a WPI of 24, equivalent to 3 ply. Unfortunately I didn't record which hook I used, most likely 2 mm hook.  I also used darning needle and some stuffing.

The companion tutorial by Rachchua to the pattern by Sarselgurumi was invaluable for the construction phase of Dragon making.  *Long Pins were very helpful for temporarily securing each part to decide just where to place them.

Dragons are made of lots of parts

Working with the thinner yarn made for some tiny pieces to stitch together.

The toes on the feet are too adorable for words and were my favourite part to make.

The ears - or big horns - were a little too big for my liking so I remade them on the fly. In the end I only used two of the mini horns even though I made them all.

The tail went a little awry but I was happy enough with the shape and used it anyway. I made both sets of tail-fins but ended up only using the larger ones. The smaller tail-fins made for some hilarious - but not permanently attached - eyebrows.

Do Dragons Have Eyebrows?

As this little dragon was a gift for one of my adult crafting buddies I didn't have to worry about safety eyes and glued on felt would be fine but I couldn't decide where to place them. I stuck a couple of pins in them so my friend could decide for herself.  We had loads of fun swinging the eyes around making all sorts of expressions.

Dragon toes are the cutest!

The wings were a crowd favourite amongst our crafting group.

And that's how you make your Dragon!

How To Make Your Crochet Dragon

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