How to use crochet markers
Crochet stitch markers are essential tools for any crochet enthusiast. These small, often colourful accessories are designed to mark specific points in your crochet project, ensuring precise stitch counting and preventing errors from occurring.
Using crochet stitch markers is very easy. Most markers feature a clip or hook that allows for easy attachment to a crochet stitch. Markers are readily available in a variety of colours and materials, allowing for easy identification.
According to the Craft Yarn Council, crocheting is for everyone, with 65% of those surveyed stating they do it because it provides a creative outlet. Crochet kits, such as the examples seen at www.woolcouturecompany.com/collections/crochet-kits, are an easy way to explore this enjoyable craft.
Why you need a marker
Crochet markers can be used in a number of ways, such as marking the start. Simply insert a marker into the first stitch of your work to easily identify the beginning of the row or repeated pattern. This ensures that you don’t lose your place while working in rounds or repeating patterns within your work.
Markers can also be used to keep track of stitch increases or decreases, helping to maintain accuracy and preventing gaps or uneven rows from occurring. If you insert a marker into the last stitch of a row, it can help prevent it from unravelling while working in rows or on another section.
For projects that require symmetry, such as a patterned blanket, crochet stitch markers can identify the centre of the piece, helping to keep the work symmetrical. Alternatively, they can be used to highlight a particular section of your work, ensuring that your stitches are created in the correct direction. This is particularly useful for complex patterns.
When selecting stitch markers, consider the size needed and make sure they don’t obstruct your crochet hook.