Eventually you are going to come across a crochet pattern that tells you to mark a stitch… or mark the first stitch. It’s going to happen. Marking a stitch isn’t difficult. It makes your crocheting easier, and often, takes away some of the counting. What could be better than that? We mark the stitches to keep track of a stitch that may be used later on in the pattern. It’s also nice to know where your rows start if you are crocheting in the round. I often use stitch markers to count how many rows I’ve repeated. There’s so many reasons that you will mark crochet stitches.
You can buy stitch markers for crocheting. These are stitch markers that open and close. The stitch markers for knitting won’t work in crochet, because they don’t open. Make sure you can open your stitch marker! These are either plastic, or beaded, or crocheted, or something else really cool. Stitch markers come in a variety of styles.
I also sometimes use a scrap of yarn that’s a different color (or the same color if that’s all I have…. it happens) as your crochet work. This is all personal preference. For instance, when working with thread, if I’m using something other than yarn to mark my stitches, it feels like it affects the tension. I don’t want my marker to pull on my work. I don’t mind heavy stitch markers when I’m working with heavier yarn. It’s not as noticeable.
This is how I mark my stitches. I take my crocheted stitch that needs to be marked, and I insert the hook through the front post using my crochet hook. I like to put my hook in between the front part of the stitch and the back bump when inserting my stitch marker. It doesn’t move around as much, which helps when you are using a scrap piece of yarn as a marker. This is more difficult to do on single crochet stitches (or slip stitches) only because it is a small stitch. Once you start marking your half double crochet stitches and taller, it get’s easier. The stitches are taller, and there’s usually more room to get that crochet hook through! You can also place your stitch marker on the front loop of your crochet stitch… like you would if you were crocheting in the [FL] (front loop). There’s no wrong or right way to do it. The key to marking your crochet stitches is to make sure that you can see and find that stitch when you come back to it later.
I did a quick search on Etsy for crochet stitch markers. I came up with the markers pictured above. They were created into an Etsy treasury. There are handmade markers, commercial supply markers, and more. I also found this free tutorial on how to make your own stitch markers using only rubber stamps, shrink film, and permanent markers over at hoffee and a nuffin. It’s pretty cool.
What are your favorite ways to mark your crochet stitches? Do you prefer stitch markers? Yarn scraps? Let me know and why.