How to Use Stitch Markers in Amigurumi (right-handed version)


Hi. This is June from PlanetJune, and today
I’m going to show you how to use a stitch marker when you’re making
amigurumi. There are two main reasons for using a stitch
marker as you crochet: firstly, to mark the start of a round so you
don’t lose your place; and, secondly, to mark a specific point in
a pattern, for example the top of a head, or the position
of legs. I’ll demonstrate both of these for you today. It’s important to mark the first stitch of
each round when you’re crocheting in a continuous spiral, because there’s no seam to give you a visual
cue to the position of the end of the round, so it can be hard
to tell if you’ve made a mistake. The marker provides that cue. Each time you begin a new round, make the
first stitch, then pause. Take your marker and slip it through both
loops at the top of the stitch you’ve just completed. Now complete the instructions for the rest
of the round. When you reach the end of the round, you’ll
know you’ve followed the pattern correctly if you’ve crocheted into every stitch before
the marked stitch. The marked stitch will be the first stitch
of the next round. To begin the next round, remove the marker,
then make the first stitch of the round. Replace the marker through both loops at the
top of the stitch you’ve just completed, then continue crocheting. To speed up the process, there’s no need to
lock your start-of-round marker closed for each
round – just make sure you lock it if you’re going
to be putting your crochet down, so it doesn’t fall out before your next crochet
session! If you always get back around to the stitch
before the marked stitch at the end of each round, you’ll know you’re
on track with your pattern. But, if you finish the round and there are
still stitches remaining before you reach the marker, or you reach
the marker but you still have more stitches before you finish
the round, you’ll know you’ve made a mistake! You can easily undo the entire last round
by pulling out all your stitches until the marker drops out of your work. Now,
finish unravelling that stitch and you’ll be back at the end of the previous
round, ready to try again. Re-read your pattern carefully and see if
you can spot where you went wrong, and count your stitches while you’re crocheting. Sometimes, you’ll need to mark a specific
point in your pattern, to aid in orientation and assembly. To do this, crochet the stitch to be marked,
then slip another marker through both loops of the stitch you’ve just
completed. Unlike the start-of-round marker, you won’t
be removing this one for a while, so make sure you lock it closed. When you reach the marked stitch in the next
round, you’ll ignore the marker and work into the
stitch anyway. I pull the marker forwards, crochet into the
stitch, then flip the marker back out of the way so
I can crochet into the next stitch. Just make sure the marker is on the outside
of the work before you continue crocheting! When you need to refer to the marked stitch
again, it’ll be directly below the bottom of your
marker.

4 thoughts on “How to Use Stitch Markers in Amigurumi (right-handed version)

  • You can better use the same tread then your hole is smaller and your joining a new colour also weird its not need, not helpfull for beginners

  • I use a long strand of scrap yarn as a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning rows. Fold over for each row, then easily pull it out when done.

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