How to make crochet stitch markers

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Hello darlings! 

If you’ve read my review on the Furls Odyssey hooks then you know how much I value the tools I use for my crafts. 

Sometimes though, money doesn’t equal value since you can make some tools yourself and save money (to be able to afford those expensive but gorgeous hooks, lol). 


One such tool is the crochet stitch markers. These little tidbits can be an essential tool for your crochet success. Stitch markers are used when you need to mark a place in your work to avoid counting over and over again. They are handy because they save time and frustration caused by miscounted stitches. 

All crocheters have experienced a moment when we had to frog our work because we made a mistake 3 rows back (in the best case scenario) when we miscounted the stitches. This is easily avoidable with the use of stitch markers. 

There are many options for stitch markers. 

An easy option is to use a piece of yarn in a different color than the one you are working in and pull it through the stitch you need to mark. I’ve used this method a lot in the past but I don’t really like it. The biggest disadvantage of this method is that sometimes the yarn used as the marker catches in my hand and dislodges from its place and I lose my mark. As the yarn is soft it doesn’t even leave an indentation on the stitch it was so it’s super frustrating to have to frog enough of the project to get back on track. This is a problem I faced especially when crocheting amigurumis. 

Another option is the cheap plastic ones. These are ok but I keep loosing them and they keep slipping of the stitch thus making me lose my count. 

The option I find the best is the one that uses a lobster clasp to grab on the stitch. And since I have many of these laying around for my jewelry making I decided to make some markers. It is absolutely easy to make these yourself. 

You will need: 

Jump rings 
Jewelry pliers 


All you need to do is use the pliers to open up the jump rings and connect each charm to a lobster clasp. Easiest thing ever right?


Do pay attention to the way you will close the ring though. You need to make sure it is securely closed and the two ends of the ring are in line. Otherwise you run the risk of is snagging your yarn which is no fun at all. 



The reason why I like these markers the best is that they stay in place. That’s the whole idea behind a marker really and these little thingies do the job expertly! I promise you they will not leave their place until you want them too! 



Another reason to love these is that they look like crochet jewelry! And if you rolled your eyes while reading this, then you can go back to your cynical little place of the world. We hookers like to treat our yarn and wips like a precious creature! Deal with it! 


The smaller ones are perfect for my amigurumis and the larger charms are better suited for my scarves and blankets. 


And guess what? If you are into Tunisian crochet these babies will never leave your sight! I want to test them on knitting projects too, I just haven’t started anything new lately. 




What do you use as a stitch marker on your wips? 

Lots of love


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36 comments

  1. I love these! I keep loosing my plastic markers too, I am definitely going to make these!!!

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  2. I definitely like that they are more stable markers the plastic ones fall off

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  3. Such a great tutorial, I use another piece of yarn to make my markers. Till now it worked well. I think I will make myself some makers like those, cause they are just so cool and fun looking.

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  4. You did a great job of explaining, however I am very challenged lol. I don’t think I could do this!

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  5. These are adorable! I don't crochet, but I have an aunt who is extremely skilled!

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  6. I confess, I have tried this before but there's something about my brain that can't take to it very well! I will try again though!

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  7. Oh my! These are so cute, and CREATIVE!! I've never thought to make my own, but they seem simple enough - and really dresses up any crochet! Thanks so much for this idea! ☺️ Blessings, 💕 Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋

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  8. So pretty! I wish I could crochet but I don't think I'd ever have the patience. I always admire those who can though.

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  9. We love how you added flair to your crochet! This is too cute.

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  10. This is such a great idea, I have to admit crochet is something I have never tried myself but it always looks so pretty. It amazes me the things people can do with it!

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  11. I love to knit but have been wanting to learn how to crochet for some time now. I've saved your post so that I can return once I'm a little more advanced. The details that you've added to your projects are adorable! life-between-summers.com

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  12. This is such a great tutorial, I love crocheting too, in fact I'm almost finished with my craft and ready to post next week..

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  13. you really know how to properly explained I felt like you were right next to me teaching me to crochet.

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  14. It would be really nice to add a charm to your crochet but it can be complicated. I like the technique that you went with. It's definitely going to make life easier.

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  15. These are really cute. I used to crochet but haven't done so in a while. I might try these though

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  16. Going to share the tips with my wife. She finds crocheting challenges sometimes. Thanks.

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  17. Ι have no idea about crochet! But I really enjoyed your stickers...maybe for my bag :)

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  18. Stitch markers are definitely a must have when crocheting. The frustration that can come with miscounted stitches can force me to throw away the whole knit for sure. I'd use a yarn of different color but once it dislodges, that was another game in hell!Well, seems your option of using the lobster clasp to grab on the stitch sounds very workable!

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  19. This looks so interesting. I used to crotchet when I was very young. This however is out of my comfort zone! I might take a few tips and try again!! Thank you.

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  20. These are so cute! I'l share this post with my friend who loves to crochet. Thank you.

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  21. You know when I was younger I used to knit all the time, totally relaxed me, which I still was creative as you are now.

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  22. Great tutorial. I will definitely pass this post to my friend. She is taking crocheting and she's loving it.

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  23. My mum crochets all the time and this is something she recently dubbed into and loving it. I will be sharing this with her

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  24. Great tutorial! I love charms. They're so fun to make things personalized.

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  25. What a great idea, i always struggled when I had to give a pause of stitching and the lost track of where I was with it. This is a cute and handy tip, thanks for sharing

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  26. I wish I was more crafty in the fabric arts. This is such a great way to stitch, and crochet is such a beautiful art.

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  27. This is a great tutorial. I am no good with things like this so I need all the instructions I can get.

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  28. These are adorable! I know a bit of crocheting myself but I never actually made a single product. haha I don't have the patience. Maybe I should practice doing this again. Would be great for my retirement years.

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  29. I didn't knew what crocheting was . I love doing DIY projects and this is something I would like to try next . Thanks!

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  30. What a great tutorial, these are absolutely adorable! I love crafting and being creative, however there are two things I just can't seem to get the hang of... Sewing and crocheting are my Achilles heal...lol!😊

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  31. Beautiful! You are so creative!

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  32. I have always wanted to get into crocheting. My mother was very skilled when I was growing up.

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  33. This was such a detailed post. The pictures also make it more helpful. This was better than the directions for putting together IKEA furniture! Ha ha. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I'm not into crocheting because I think it is very difficult but upon reading this post, it makes it easier. I'll try it on Saturday!

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  35. I am just a newbie on crocheting and I still want to learn more about this craft. This are so cute and I really love the details of these stitch markers.

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  36. I don't know how to crochet but I have always wanted to learn how to do so. These are so cute and creative.

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