How to Use Stitch Markers
Learn the types of crochet markers and how to use them on your crochet projects!
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Ever wonder how to use stitch markers when it comes to your crochet projects? This How to Use Stitch Markers crochet video is the perfect outline of not only when you can use stitch markers, but also the different kinds you can use as well.
This is a super helpful guide for crochet beginners that are looking to start more complex projects. Stitch markers have a fantastic number of uses so learning how to use them can be super beneficial in your next crochet project!
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How to Use 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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
Scrap of Yarn Stitch Markers: 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 the 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.
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.
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.
Need to learn how to count your crochet? If not, or if you want a refresher, check out this page on How to Count Crochet Rows
When do you use stitch markers?
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