Always Crochet with Stitch MarkersBy Rachel Choi – 10 Comments
Okay, maybe not always, but a lot of times stitch markers are like headache relievers when you crochet. Not familiar with stitch markers? Check out this quick post: All About Stitch Markers in Crochet. A stitch marker can be anything from plastic rings you buy at the store, a spare safety pin, or something as simple as a scrap of yarn. Whatever you use, the point is to stick markers into the stitches of your crochet work so that it’s easier to follow. Hence, headache relieving!
When working with crochet patterns, it most likely will not tell you to use markers unless completely necessary. However, there are tons of times when stitch marks are extremely useful. Here are some examples:
Beginning/End of Round
This is probably the most obvious for crochets who often crochet in the round (around in a circle) like a spiral. When you crochet in this fashion it is extremely hard to see where one round ends and the next begins because it is all continuous. By placing a marker at the beginning of a round, you know when to stop (when you get to the marker) to start the next round.
Have you ever had to crochet a really long chain, let’s say 200 stitches? If so, I bet you lost count a few times and had to rip out your work and start over. Ugh, I hate that! Markers are great because you can place a marker every 10 or 20 stitches as you crochet, so that if you do lose count you know that each of your markers mark off a certain number of stitches.
If you are crocheting a pattern that has a lot of repeats, it is really tedious to count the same number of stitches over and over. A great example is when you crochet a flat circle and each increase is evenly separated. It may be fine to count the stitches between each increase, when it’s only 4 stitches, but when it’s 15 or 20 stitches it’s great to use markers to show you where the increases are made. No need to worry if you are making the increase in the wrong stitch, if you have a marker to tell you where to make it.
Hard to See Stitches
One good example is when you are working with front and back post stitches. Especially when first learning to do these stitches it’s really hard to see where the stitches are and where to insert the hook. Placing markers into stitches that are hard to see makes it easier to keep track of them later.
When do you like to use stitch markers? When you do find them helpful? Feel free to share in the comments below!