Back before I started taking crochet seriously, I thought manufactured stitch markers were a mystical device used by the wizards of fiber arts. Surely nothing I knew how to make at the time required an actual stitch marker. Then as time passed and my skills began to grow, I would just cut a piece of random yarn to tie around a stitch.
Once I bought a little crochet kit with a booklet and a bunch of tiny pieces that I had no idea what they were used for. Turns out some of the tiny pieces were circular plastic rings almost like a keyring. I tried using those but they would snag or stretch the stitch out of place so using those was short lived.
It took me a while to figure out which markers were for knit and not crochet. Yes there was a time I crocheted a closed circle marker into a project and had to figure out how to remove it or see if it could pass as part of the design lol. I wanted to order a set of pretty designer markers that had the lobster clasp but, I knew in my heart of hearts that I would probably lose them and didn’t want to risk it. Fast forward a few years I would always see photos in my crochet groups and it looks like little plastic safety pins is what most people are using. So I decide to order some online. (pictured below)
The kit I ordered came with two small cases full of markers totaling 300 pieces. I am in love with all the bright colors. It definitely takes away from me having to find a different color yarn to cut and use for a stitch marker. I thought that maybe I had over done it with the amount that came. As much as I love them they have a tendency to go MIA periodically so the amount is a plus for sure. I use them for more than just stitch marking. I use them to hold pieces together that I want to wip stitch together or to keep my count when making a chain. I even made a long chain to wrap around some loose yarn before. I'm sure I'll discover more ways to used them soon. I feel these are some what of a game changer for me. Alright enough about the markers, I have to go work on the WIP in the picture above.
Let me know which markers are your favorite and any alternative uses.
The honey mustard cropped sweater started out as the above. I had a different idea for the fit of the sweater and I kinda made it too small however, my awesome niece squeezed herself into it. I could tell she was slightly uncomfortable but she did her best not to complain lol. I took my own constructive critique and went ahead and posted the photo anyway. People actually like it!
I decided to take my time and some measurements so that I could work on the pattern. It took me a while and I'm still not sure that anyone other than myself can even understand or follow. This one may call for a couple video tutorials. So far it has evolved into the one posted below.
I have taken notice of the inconsistencies and some obvious changes I felt I had to make. Maybe it will morph into two separate patterns. Right now I am working on another one more like the first version but in another color. At this point I am testing my own patterns and learning to covert into more sizes. I've been researching size charts and recently started measuring anyone who would let me. I think I have come to the conclusion that all my designs may not translate well into written patterns. Reality is my pieces are slightly different, no two pieces will be identical. I also think that is the beauty of it . Each piece is truly unique.
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This pattern is highly adaptable and is more about measurement than about gauge or stitches
Rows 2-6- ch 2, & turn-HDC in BLO of each st across-HDC in both loops of the 1st & last st (same # of sts as first row)
Row 7- ch 2, & turn- *skip 2 sts and V-st in next st* repeat ** across-DC in last st
Rows 8-11- ch 2 & turn- V-st in ch 1 space of each V-st of previous row, all the way across-DC in last st-
Row 12-ch 2 & turn-HDC in each st across (same # of sts as row 1)
Rows 13-17- ch 2, & turn-HDC in BLO of each st across-HDC in both loops of the 1st & last st (same # of sts as first row)
Row 18-ch 2, & turn- *skip 2 sts and V-st in next st* repeat ** across-DC in last st
Rows 19-24-ch 2 & turn- V-st in ch 1 space of each V-st of previous row, all the way across-DC in last st-
Row 25- Ch 2 & turn-HDC in each st across (same # of sts as row 1)
Rows 26-30-ch 2, & turn-HDC in BLO of each st across-HDC in both loops of the 1st & last st (same # of sts as first row)
Row 31-ch 2, & turn- *skip 2 sts and V-st in next st* repeat ** across-DC in last st
Rows 32-35-ch 2 & turn- V-st in ch 1 space of each V-st of previous row, all the way across-DC in last st-
Row 36- Ch 2 & turn-HDC in each st across (same # of sts as row 1)
Rows 37-42-ch 2, & turn-HDC in BLO of each st across-HDC in both loops of the 1st & last st (same # of sts as first row)
Pockets (Make 2)
Row 1-ch 2 & 30 Chainless HDC across
Row 2-21-ch 2 & turn- 30 HDC in BLO
Tie off and sew in tails
WIP stitch pocket onto each end of the shawl on the same side
Optional Fringe: Cut three 14in pieces of yarn, With the RIGHT SIDE of your shawl facing you, and with one of its short sides positioned near you on a flat surface: Fold the 3 pieces of yarn in half and align their ends. Use your hook to pull their center down into a space at the very bottom of your shawl’s short side.