How to Use Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet stitch markers are used to mark certain crochet stitches for attention. These could be reminders because you want to change colors, start a new type of stitch, or simply keep count of your rows or individual stitches. They're inexpensive and can really help you out on your next crochet project.


What Are Crochet Stitch Markers?

Crochet stitch markers are small plastic clips or metal rings that are inserted into individual crochet stitches to mark something of importance.

You'll be able to find crochet stitch markers at your local hobby store or online. They come in a few different forms, but they all do the same things—mark your stitches. You'll find crochet stitch markers that are small metal or plastic rings, and you'll also see some plastic markers that look like safety pins. These tend to be larger than the rings and are easy to use, so they're often a more-preferred option.

Crochet stitch markers are especially handy in complex projects where certain stitches need to be marked to further yourself along in the pattern. They also are great for beginners, too, who are just learning how to crochet or picking it up after some time off.

Don't have any crochet stitch markers? Just make your own! There are a few different ways you can do this. The simplest one is to grab a safety pin or a jump ring for jewelry making. You can also use a piece of yarn tied in a loop as a stitch marker. Just be sure to choose a different color than your project so they're easy to see.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Crochet stitch markers


  • A crochet project


First Step:

Decide Where to Put the Stitch Marker

Crochet stitch markers are handy in many different situations. Stitch markers can be especially helpful when you use them to:

Secure your last stitch. Stitch markers prevent a stitch from unraveling, making it perfect for sticking in your last stitch. Just slip it into the last crochet stitch that you make. This allows you to set your project aside and come back to it later, without having to worry about unraveling.

Change stitches. Use a crochet stitch marker to remind yourself that it's time to change stitches. Maybe you want to switch to a different type of stitch like a crocodile, diamond, or lemon peel stitch.

Mark a row. A stitch marker can be used to mark a row. This is especially helpful when crocheting in the round.

Counting stitches. You can use a stitch marker to count a certain number of stitches. This can really be helpful in larger projects, where you have to count a large number of stitches.

Indicate an increase or decrease. Use a stitch marker to mark where you want to increase (lengthen your row) or decrease (shorten your row) stitches.

Change color. If your pattern calls for a color change, you can mark where you need to change colors.

Decide where you'd like to place your first crochet stitch marker and move on to the next step.

Second Step:

Open the Crochet Stitch Marker

The most popular type of crochet stitch markers opens just like safety pins. Squeeze the two sides together until one of the sides comes out. The stitch marker is now open and ready to be placed in a stitch.

Third Step:

Insert the Stitch Marker Into a Stitch

Now that the stitch marker is open, you can add to a stitch. Thread the stitch marker through the stitch that you want to mark. You'll need to put in a complete stitch so it stays put. Crochet stitch markers can be inserted into any type of crochet stitch.

Fourth Step:

Close the Stitch Marker

Squeeze the sides of the crochet stitch marker together until the side locks into the slot. Now your stitch marker is secure and can be referred to later on in your project.

Fifth Step:

Remove the Stitch Marker

When you no longer need your stitch marker, it's time to remove it so it won't get in the way of your crocheting. Open it up and carefully remove it from the stitch, being sure not to pull out any of your stitches while doing so.