Stitch Marker Alternatives

Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Learn to Crochet | 10 comments

Do you use stitch markers?  I’ve always used Boye stitch markers, and liked them.  They work well and slide easily in and out of stitches….until recently.

Boye Stitch Markers

I finally found a project they don’t work for….a stuffed frog!  Because you use a smaller hook to make animals, I was having a hard time getting my stitch marker in, but if I didn’t use it I was losing round count.  I live half hour to the closest store, so here’s my solution.

Use a paper clip.  It’s think enough to slide in small stitches and you can pull it back out just as easy. 

Stitch Marker Alternatives

No paper clips around?  You can also use a safety pin.

Crochet Stitch Markers

BOBBY PINS!!! – I’m adding this because there were so many comments that you ladies use these.  I can’t believe I didn’t think of this.  You made me remember that this is what I always saw my mother use when I was growing up. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it!!!

If you have any other solutions I’d love to hear them.

Happy Crocheting!


  1. I use a piece of yarn in a contrasting colour and it works awesome!!


  2. In a pinch, I used an endless hoop earring. Worked real well.

  3. I often use a bobby pin! Works great!

  4. I use hair bobbiepins. I find they work better than paperclips, as they are easier to slide in and out.

  5. I use small earing clasps.

  6. I just use a small piece of yarn (different color than the one I’m using. Easy to pull out and put in first stitch of next row.

  7. I use a bobby pin!

  8. Guess I”m not the only one who has never had to buy official stitch markers. I use all of the above to great success. Yay for innovation!

  9. I usually use a scrap of yarn in a different color. Once when traveling I had to use an electronic twist tie. It took a hair longer to get in and out, but did the job.

  10. I usually just use a piece of yarn or crochet cotton in a contrasting color (and a lighter weight than the yarn I’m using for the project). These are great tips, too, though!

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