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How to Use Stitch Markers (for Crochet)

Stitch marker crochet will change your life. Learn the types of crochet markers and how to use them on your crochet projects!

How to Use Stitch Markers

Ever wonder how to use stitch markers when it comes to your crochet projects? This How to Use Stitch Markers (for Crochet) page includes a crochet tutorial video and also includes the perfect outline of not only when you can use stitch markers, but also the different kinds you can use as well.

What is a stitch marker? It is an item used to keep track of your work in either crochet or knitting so that you can take a break, focus on your current row, or break up sections as needed. It's also known as a place marker and the items that can be used is numerous (which is why we're explaining many of the options on this page). 

This is a super helpful crochet stitch markers tutorial for beginners that are looking to start more complex projects or those crocheters who have never tried to use them. Stitch markers have a fantastic number of uses so learning how to use them can be super beneficial in your next crochet project!

Table of Contents

Why Use Stitch Markers?

How to Use Stitch Markers (by Type)

Stitch Marker Video Tutorial

Lock Ring Stitch Markers

Scrap of Yarn Stitch Markers

Ring Stitch Markers

Split Ring Stitch Markers


Why Use Stitch Markers?

Why do you need stitch markers? Stitch markers are optional but they are incredibly helpful when crocheting certain projects. Using them keeps you organized, on track, and prepared for the next step.

Below, you will find several reasons to use crochet stitch markers. You can use them anytime and for any project. It never hurts, really, but there are some crochet projects you may be working on that will go much more smoothly if stitch markers are used.

  1. Pattern with a Repeat: If you are creating a pattern that has a repeat, using a stitch marker is a great way to help yourself remember that it is time for you to switch to a different kind of stitch, or repeat a stitch.
  2. Beginning of a Row: Using a stitch marker at the beginning can be helpful for reminding you of a new row if you are crocheting in the round, or as an indicator for when it is time to increase or decrease a row as well. 
  3. Counting Crochet Rows or Stitches: If you are working on larger projects, this can help you to mark how many stitches you've done. This way you can mark every 5, 10, 20, and more stitches just to keep yourself aware.

    These are also great for larger projects that you cannot finish in a night. This way you can see where you have left off and where to pick back up. 

How to Use Stitch Markers (by Type)

There are many different stitch markers that you can buy, find, or make yourself. However, not all stitch markers are useful for crochet. There are stitch markers that can be used for both knitting and crochet and then some that are better for one than the other.

For example, the jump ring works for knitting but not so much for crochet. For, crochet, it's best to use lock rings, split rings, or scraps of yarn.

Below, learn how to make a place in crochet. We will explain the types of stitch markers and the differences between each stitch marker type and whether or not they will be helpful in crochet.

We will also explain how to use stitch markers for crochet in each section since each type requires a slightly different method for attaching.

How to Use Stitch Markers Video Tutorial:

If you're a visual learner, then watch our in-house expert, Chris, show you how to use the variety of stitch markers we're detailing on this page. See below for more explanations for these types.

How to Use Lock Ring Stitch Markers:

This is a specific kind of stitch marker that looks just like a safety pin. If you are having trouble finding these at the store an actual safety pin would work just as well. Though, these are available in more colors and aren't as sharp as traditional safety pins.

These specific stitch markers are great for helping you to remember to make a special stitch or something because they stay put very nicely. It's the perfect stitch marker for crochet!

Lock Ring Stitch Markers
Lock Ring Stitch Markers

How to Use Scrap of Yarn Stitch Markers:

Wanting to know how to make crochet stitch markers instead of buying them? Well, there are several ways to go the crochet stitch markers DIY route. You can create a looped scrap of yarn which can also be very helpful if you are crocheting, and you can easily make this yourself at home.

It's budget friendly and handy since you are working with yarn! Just make sure that you choose a different color than your project so that you can find the marker when needed.

Then, while you are crocheting on your hook, you can place a scrap of yarn along with your work so that you are aware of how many stitches you have completed or where you would like to create a special stitch. 

This type of stitch marker works well for both crochet and knitting.

Scrap of Yarn Stitch Markers
Scrap of Yarn Stitch Markers

How to Use Ring Stitch Markers:

You can find these in tons of different sizes and colors, even with trinkets on the rings to help identify and locate them when needed.

You can use this very similar to the spare piece of yarn. This is great for knowing your pattern repeats or when to increase or decrease a stitch. 

These stitch markers are great for knitting because they slip right on your needle and they don't damage your yarn while you are using them. However, they are not as easy to use for crochet.

The second image below shows knitting, so, as you can see, you would have to work to attach them to crochet, which could cause damage, unlike knitting with the two needles.

Ring Stitch Markers
Ring Stitch Markers

How to Use Split Ring Stitch Markers:

This is a wonderful choice for crochet because these simple coils can be attached and removed easily to your crochet project. Knitters, this works you, too!

As you can see in the image below, the design is basic. It's an open circle with a little tail, which makes it easy to slip on and off your row. There are a variety of colors and sizes available, which makes it easy to stay organized.

Split Ring Stitch Markers

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This is one of those things that you think you'll understand but could really use a tutorial for. Especially since there are so many stitch marker options. And the fact that crochet and knitting options are different is goo to know!

I use a stitch marker with an alphabet bead on it, at the beginning of a project, to denote the size crochet hook I'm using on the project. Then, if I leave the article and then want to go back to it, I know what size hook to use. This is not my original idea but cannot remember where I read it. )

No matter how many projects I get accomplished, it is always nice to go back to the basics. My Mother taught me the very basic and I am always going to the internet for help on new stitches. I love to watch even the basic videos to learn something new.

It has been oh so many years since I learned how to crochet. When I learned, there were only books to go to for help if no one around you knew what to do. Now with the internet, a helping hand is always close by. Even looking at the basics every once in a while is good for practice. Thanks for the info.

Another basic tutorial that could so easily seem just to simple to waste time on. In reality, however, using stitch markers can make any more complicated pattern so much more manageable and easy to keep track of exactly where one is in relation to the most recent stitch or row marker. I really recommend this for anyone crocheting or knitting, it saves such a lot of stopping and counting of stitches or rows.


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