Today we are going to talk about crocheting in continuous rounds (aka spiral crochet) and the importance of and how to use a stitch marker.
What is continuous rounds crochet / spiral crochet?
Continuous round crochet or spiral crochet is a technique of working in rounds in a continuous manner with no closing slip stitch or starting chain. After working the last crochet stitch in a round, you simply work in the next stitch for the first stitch of the next round.
One advantage of continuous crochet is there is no visible seam since there are no slip stitches and no chains.
Why use a stitch marker when crocheting continuous rounds?
A disadvantage of crocheting continuous rounds is it can be difficult to determine where one round ends and the next round begins. It’s easy to lose track. That is why for this crochet method you should use a stitch marker. The stitch marker lets you know when you have completed a round.
What is a crochet stitch marker?
Crochet stitch markers are small useful tools used to mark someplace or something of importance when crocheting.
Unlike knitting stitch markers, which are closed bands, crochet markers are small plastic or metal rings or clips with open slots so that they can be attached, removed and repositioned at a new location as one crochets.
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Plus you'll discover in this article how to use crochet stitch markers in many other handy ways.
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When is continuous round or spiral crochet used?
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HOW TO USE A STITCH MARKER WITH CONTINUOUS ROUND CROCHET
Ordinary crochet stitch markers are available online and in brick-and-mortar craft and hobby stores but you can find beautiful stitch markers on Etsy. These would make excellent gifts!
If you don't have a stitch marker handy some alternatives are a safety pin, bobby pin or paper clip.
When working in continuous rounds (spiral crochet), it’s important to mark either the first stitch or last stitch in the round moving the marker each time you start a new round. Marking the first or last stitch is a matter of preference but just make sure you pick a way and stick with it.
I prefer to use the stitch marker in the very first stitch of each round.
After I crochet the last stitch of a round and at the beginning of the next round, I remove the stitch marker,
crochet the first stitch of the next round, pause, and insert the stitch marker under the two top loops of the new stitch.
Then, I continue crocheting the rest of the round as the pattern indicates.
Once back to the stitch marker, it's the end of the round and time to start the next round. Repeat the process. Remove the marker, crochet into the next stitch to begin the next round, pause, place the marker under the loops of the new stitch and continue working.
Other Ways to Use crochet Stitch Markers!
Beside crochet hooks, crochet stitch markers are a must-have tool in every crocheter's tool arsenal. Here are additional ways crochet stitch markers help crocheters.
- In Count Chains - If the project calls for a long foundation chain, pop a crochet stitch marker in every 30 or so chains. This saves you from having to count the chains all over again when you lose count.
- Mark Continuous Rounds - When you are working in continuous rounds, it is important to use a crochet stitch marker to mark the beginning or end of each round.
- Prevent Unraveling - When setting a project aside, place a stitch marker in the last crochet stitch to keep it from unraveling.
- Counting Stitches or Rows - Use as a way to count stitches or mark the first row in a set of row repeats.
- Color Changes - If the project calls for color changes, use the marker to indicate when or where.
- Identify Turning Chain - Do you have trouble identifying the turning chain? Place a stitch marker into the top of the turning chain.
- Mark Increase and Decrease Points - Use a stitch marker to indicate where you want to increase or decrease stitches.
- Pinning for Joining - A crochet stitch marker can be used instead of pins when joining two crochet pieces together.
- Indicate Placement of Crochet Pieces - Use a crochet stitch marker to mark and position the correct locations for attaching pieces to a project such as amigurumi pieces, appliques, buttons and buttonholes.
- Mark the right and wrong sides of work - If you have trouble distinguishing the right and wrong sides of the crochet fabric piece? A stitch marker can help designate which side is which.
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