What do I need a stitch marker for? 

Crochet stitch markers, also known as split ring stitch markers

  • To keep your edges straight by helping to identify your turning chain. If you put a marker in your turning chain it makes it much easier to identify the final stitch in each row.
  • To help keep count of repeating patterns. It is much easier to do a stitch up to a marker, than to keep count of each stitch.  For example, if you place a marker in the corner points of a shawl it will be easier to identify the point on each round.
  • Crochet in the round. It is almost impossible to crochet in the round and correctly identify your stitches without a stitch marker!
  • To hold your WIP stitch.  When you put your work away for the evening place your stitch marker in the loop of your final stitch.  This will help to hold the stitch, reducing the risk that it pull apart  and unravels (this one is essential if you have young children or yarn loving pets at home!)
  • To keep count when doing long chains - put a marker in every 10 or 20 stitches to reduce the number of times you have to recount your stitches!


Knitting stitch markers, also known as closed ring stitch markers

  • To mark the start of a round when working in the round on circular needles.
  • To mark pattern or colour changes.
  • To keep count of repeating patterns
  • To keep count of the number of stitches on your needles, for example every 10 stitches you can add a marker to make it easier to keep count.
You can also use split ring or crochet stitch markers with your knitting projects to mark particular stitches or rows.