Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Which Stitch Markers Are Best

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.

I delve into the details of why a particular stitch marker wins my heart and I've included affiliate links for each of the different styles to take all the guesswork out for you.

For a long time I just made do with what I already had on hand but now it's one of the items I would advise anyone new to crochet to purchase along with their first set of hooks.

DIY Stitch Markers

Safety Pins As Stitch Markers?

At first I used safety pins, but my yarn kept getting caught up in the little spring area and removing the marker from a project was a nightmare of yarn destruction.

Bobby Pins as Stitch Markers

I tried using hair pins, but they could pull fibres off the yarn as I put them on pulled them off so that lasted about 5 seconds, however they are apparently a popular choice if the crochet forums are anything to go by.

Four Inch Yarn Scraps

I switched to the bits of yarn method, it seems like it should be a perfect solution, the marker is always the right size and it's basically free. However the yarn would inevitably catch and pull out of it's position. I'd be left wondering where my marker had come from.

A few inches of thread can be used as stitch marker

Old Jewellery Stitch Markers

I thought a great way to use old earrings that had lost their mate would be to use them as stitch markers.

Actually, they worked really well and are so pretty! But earrings also have a lot of weight to them and I only had about five or six. If you ever see me missing an earring check to see if I'm using it's mate in my project because I left my stitch markers at home.

Print Your Own Stitch Markers

A friend 3D printed some heart shaped markers for me, and an awesome yarn bowl. I love them.

3D printed stitch markers and yarn bowl

But each and everyone had to be carefully smoothed down by hand so it wouldn't snag on the yarn, I gave up after the first half dozen or so.

Finding The Best Stitch Markers

By now I was hooked on using stitch markers and none of the DIY markers were really solving all of my stitch marker needs so I set out to buy the real deal. But which ones? Which stitch markers are the best?

Which Stitch Markers Measure Up?

Plastic Safety Pin Stitch Markers

The first stitch markers I purchased were the plastic safety pin style because I saw them everywhere, so they should be the best ones right?

I didn't love them, the openings were too small to easily get around my yarn. If I didn't close them they were prone to slipping out of my project and it was annoying to have to open and close it as I worked so I kept reaching for the 3D printed ones instead risking snagging my yarn on a rough bit I had overlooked.

Slide In Stitch Markers

So I set out to purchase stitch markers that worked the same way as my 3D printed ones, and when I found some they came in two sizes, I hadn't even considered that stitch markers might come in different sizes.

I found a mixed size set.

The opening was more generous then the 3D ones and they were so smooth that they also liked to slip out of my work. They are super easy to slide in and out of a stitch though so are great for when you are moving your stitch marker every row.

These are pretty good stitch markers!

But I couldn't trust them to stay in to protect against unravelling, and I didn't like having to reach for one type of stitch marker for counting and another type of stitch marker to stop my work unravelling, I'd be digging through my little container trying to find the right marker for the right job.

Surely there is some perfect solution, a stitch marker that slides in with ease but isn't so slippery it slides right back out, that won't snag on yarn, also works with chunky yarns and can lock for safe project transportation.

Locking Ring Markers

I'd seen these little circle stitch markers that could be closed so I bought them.

I was so surprised!

They are supple and rubbery when I was expecting hard plastic like the others. It's possible they are made of silicon but I couldn't say for sure. You can make the opening really wide, in fact I can pull them out so they are practically straight without breaking them which makes getting them into stitches so much easier.

These little ring markers also have just the right amount of slipperiness to easily slide against the yarn but also the surface isn't ultra smooth like the other plastic markers and so it wouldn't just slide out of my work if I left it open. It has a closing mechanism which is quite secure for when I want to be sure that stitch marker isn't going to fall out, especially when I'm transporting a work in progress to a crafting day.

These colourful little rubbery circle stitch markers quickly proved themselves to be my favourite, so much so that I purchased a second pack within the year for working on large projects allowing me use as many stitch markers as I like without having to reach for some of the other styles. Besides, stitch markers are like hair pins, it's as though pixies come and steal them away to keep with those elusive million bobby pins and missing socks!

I'd found my favourite stitch markers....

....then I worked on a thread crochet project and they were terrible. They are far too fat to use with thread work despite only being a couple of millimetres thick, then again so are all the other stitch markers accept for metal safety pins and there's no way I'm risking thread work to those.

Thread Work Stitch Markers 

I like to do thread crochet in the warmer months so I've bought these little coil-free safety pins to try, super light and extra thin. They should perfect to use for thread projects.

Large Stitch Markers

Wait a minute, what about the big blue stitch markers in the picture? I forgot to take stitch markers to my craft group one day and I borrowed these ones from a friend.

Big Blue Stitch Markers

I'm not a fan, the pointy bit is too pointy and likes to snag on the yarn, the opening is almost non-existent and there is also flashing that can get a bit snaggy. They do lock though. My friend is a knitter so maybe they work better for knitting, however they don't suit me.

Artisan Stitch Markers

I'm sure you've also seen the pretty artisan stitch markers that look like jewellery. I made a set for friend that can also be worn as a bracelet. They are more pretty then functional to be honest. I'd recommend making your own if they take your fancy but I wouldn't spend up big on them.

Pearl Stitch Marker Bracelet

Thread Markers: Bobby pins, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic safety pins, earrings, thread, 3D printed...

Loop Stitch Markers For Knitters

If you've seen the loop markers and been a bit baffled by them, they are for knitting and are used on the needles between stitches.

More Stitch Markers

There's a few Stitch Markers out there that I have yet to try. Which stitch markers have you tried?

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