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How To Use Stitch Markers in Amigurumi

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If you’ve ever lost your place while crocheting in a spiral, or discovered that you must have made a mistake many rounds earlier, I highly recommend you use a stitch marker to mark the start of every round while you crochet your amigurumi! But how do you go about doing that? How does it help you avoid mistakes, and what do you do if you realise you’ve made one?

Or, if your pattern directs you to mark a specific stitch while you crochet, how exactly do you do that?

In the video below, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using a stitch marker with amigurumi (or any other crochet worked in a continuous spiral), including:

  • How to mark the first stitch of the round
  • How to fix a mistake
  • How to mark a specific stitch

(And keep reading after the video for text-based instructions and more info on stitch markers for crochet.)

Video Tutorial (right-handed)

Video Tutorial (left-handed)

Note: The videos may look a little small embedded in the blog: if so, you can fullscreen them or click through to YouTube (links: right-handed; left-handed) to watch them full-sized 🙂

Types of Stitch Marker

The ring-shaped stitch markers used by knitters are no good for crochet, as there’s no way to remove the marker from the stitch without cutting it off! Stitch markers for crochet need an opening so they can be slipped off the stitch when you have finished with them. I recommend locking stitch markers, which you should be able to find from any yarn/craft shop:

PlanetJune Extra-Strong Stitch Markers for Crochet
PlanetJune locking stitch markers are a great choice!

You can also use a coilless safety pin, but the point of the pin is so sharp that it’s easy to split the yarn by mistake, so I do recommend investing in a set of plastic stitch markers. But, in a pinch, you can even use a scrap of yarn as a marker.

Why Use a Stitch Marker?

Stitch markers have three main uses in crochet, and I’ll cover all of them today:

  1. To hold the working loop between crochet sessions
  2. To mark the start of your round
  3. To mark a specific point in a pattern

Holding your Working Loop
The loop on your hook is called the ‘working loop’. When you put your crochet down, you run the risk of your hook falling out, which would allow your work to unravel! To prevent this, remove your hook at the end of each session and place a locking stitch marker in the working loop. Lock the marker and pull the yarn coming from the ball to draw the working loop down around the marker.

When you’re ready to start crocheting again, pull on the marker to draw the working loop back to a useable size. Remove the marker, reinsert your hook, tighten the working loop around your hook, and you’re ready to resume crocheting!

Marking the Start of a Round
As most amigurumi are worked in a continuous spiral, there’s no seam to provide a visual cue to the position of the end of each round, so it’s easy to lose your place and make too many or too few stitches in a round.

Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round. If you reach the end of the round before you get back around to the marker, or overshoot the marker, you know you’ve made a mistake in that round.

Note: There’s no need to lock and unlock the marker with each round – unless you’re putting your work down for a while, save time by keeping this marker unlocked as you crochet.

Marking a Specific Point in a Pattern
Some patterns will include specific stitches marked with additional markers, to aid in positioning eyes or assembling the pieces, or as a guideline for which side is which on an asymmetrically-shaped piece.

How to Use a Stitch Marker

The question I get most often is how exactly to mark a stitch – where do you insert the marker?

When you complete a stitch, the loops you’ll work back into in the next round lie just behind your crochet hook, and that’s the place you need to mark.

Note: The working loop on your hook will actually form part of the next stitch.

To mark a stitch:

  1. Complete the stitch.
  2. Look at the V at the top of the stitch just behind your hook.
  3. Insert the marker through both these loops.

(See the video above to watch this in action.)

How to Work Over a Marker

While you’ll remove your ‘start of round’ marker when you get to the next round, markers that are used as indicators stay attached to your crochet until it’s time to use them as an assembly/positioning aid (as explained in your pattern).

To work over a marker:

  1. Pull the marker to the left (LH: right) and crochet into the marked stitch as usual.
  2. Pull the marker to the right (LH: left) to get it out of the way as you crochet into the next stitch.

(See the video above to watch this in action.)

When you look at the marker, you’ll see the front edge sits just above the marked stitch (and the back edge sits higher up), so the stitch you’ve marked is just below the front edge of the marker.


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4 Comments »

  1. Monika Bauer said

    Hi June
    I am new to Amigurumi and I noticed while I was completeing the round, the start was moving to my right and my ‘seam’ was spiralling. It felt like I wasn’t really completing a round even though I worked to my marker. Being a knitter I am not use to my beinging of the round doing this…. am I doing something wrong?

    • June said

      Monika, you’re right that crochet stitches bias when crocheted in the round – it’s the nature of crochet. 

      When you knit, you pull a loop of yarn up vertically through a loop directly below, so the stitches stack perfectly on top of each other. Crochet stitches are more complex, as they are formed from multiple loops. If you watch your yarn as you form a stitch, after you’ve drawn up a loop in the stitch below, you make each additional loop by grabbing the yarn from the left and pulling it through the working loop to the right. (Or vice versa for lefties like me!)

      That means that the top of each stitch will be positioned to the right compared with the base of the stitch. When you crochet in rows, that bias reverses when you turn the work, so each pair of rows re-straightens the edge. If you crochet in the round without turning between rounds, the biasing effect grows and grows with each round, hence the slant you see. You’re not doing anything wrong!

  2. Ellen Preston said

    Hello June,
    Thank you for this tutorial, it was very helpful to know that I have been marking my work correctly. I love your patterns and work.
    Have a lovely day, from Western Australia. ??

    • June said

      Thanks Ellen, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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