Best stitch markers for knitting and crochet
Keep track of your stitches with our selection of the 20 best stitch markers!
Stitch markers are an essential piece of kit for any serious knitter or crocheter! Primarily used for keeping track of your rows or stitches, they can also be handy for marking particular points in your knitting and crochet - for example increases or decreases. There are so many different types of knitting and crochet stitch markers available, but they mainly fall into two categories:
Clip/safety pin style/split ring style stitch markers - These are used for both knitting and crochet, and are attached to your stitches/fabric. The clip style means that you can easily remove or move the stitch markers as your knitting or crochet progresses. Many crocheters use this type of crochet stitch markers to mark the starting stitch of each round when making amigurumi or crocheting in the round.
Solid ring stitch markers - These are used only in knitting and are placed on your needles to mark stitches. They’re useful for marking groups of stitches if you’re working cables or lace, as it’s easy to see where they are and quickly count your stitches. They're also useful for any projects where the stitch count changes, as if you use clip-style knitting stitch markers on a particular stitch it could cause confusion if you then end up increasing/decreasing on that stitch. You do have to be careful that you don't accidentally work these knitting stitch markers into our knitting though - if they end up in your knitted fabric you'll have to undo your knitting to get them out!
We've created a list of our favourite knitting and crochet stitch markers, starting out with the more standard practical ones, and going onto some more fun designs for if you want something special. Many of the handmade stitch markers in our list are available in both solid ring style knitting stitch markers and clip style stitch markers that are suitable for both crafts, so be sure to select the correct option for you when ordering.
Pony are know for their affordable yet high quality knitting and crochet products, and their Pony safety stitch markers are no exception. These are perhaps one of the easiest style of stitch markers to work with - their plastic point means you can easily insert the marker in pre-made stitches, the simple locking mechanism makes sure your marker is nice and secure, and they come with some larger stitch markers too for if you're working on larger projects.
Working on a particularly complex knitting or crochet project? Or just constantly losing your supplies (stitch markers do have a habit of going missing)? Then why not stock up with this 120 locking stitch markers set. The bright colours will make them easy to see against your knitted or crochet fabric - or down the back of the sofa... plus the handy case will keep them all nice and organised.
If you like the solid style of stitch marker that you use on your knitting needles, but find that it's all too easy to accidentally work them into your stitches, then these Clover split ring stitch markers combine both of the best features of the two different styles of stitch marker. You can easily use them on your needles to count your stitches, but they can also easily be removed or inserted into stitches too - making them suitable crochet stitch markers too.
Sometimes it can be difficult to insert stitch markers, particularly with certain types of yarn - that's where these 160 Bulb pin stitch markers really stand out! They're very much like standard safety pins with a sharp point, so you can easily insert them straight through the middle of the stitch if you so desire! As they're made from metal they're very strong and durable, so particularly good for if you're using very thick yarn or have very tight stitches, however some people find that these metal style markers can sometimes catch on more delicate yarn.
Here's another simple style stitch marker that is a great option for if you like to mark stitches on your knitting needles. These lightweight plastic stitch markers are great for keeping count, and because of their cross-over design you can easily take them off your needles or knitting if you need to.
If you're forever forgetting which row you're on, or need to to remember any other numbers in your knitting and crochet projects, then these split ring style numbered stitch markers are great for keeping track!
Numbered stitch markers are a very clever idea, but sometimes numbers just aren't enough - maybe you need a more specific marker? Then that's where these Customisable stitch markers will really help you out. Simply write your notes or numbers directly on your marker with a Sharpie, then once you're done you can clean them off with nail varnish remover or rubbing alcohol and use them all over again - it's a genius idea!
If you need to keep track of your stitch numbers and love to knit or crochet on the go, then how about this gorgeous handcrafted leather numbered stitch marker bracelet. You can choose which numbers you want on your stitch markers as well as the colour of leather too - it would make a great gift for a crafty friend!
If you're as obsessed with yarn as we are, then you'll love these yarn ball stitch markers! They come as a pack of 8 and are available in wood, pastel colours, rainbow colours, flouro or even glittery galaxy colours!
Here's some super stylish stitch markers! We love the look of these wood and resin stitch markers, which come in both ring and clip styles to suit both knitters and crocheters. They're so gorgeous, they're essentially jewellery for your stitches!
Combine your love for pretty plants and super stitches with these fabulous cactus stitch markers by Joy to the Wool. This cute set of 3 enamel stitch markers also feature vibrant gold details which helps them to really stand out!
Here's one for the crochet addicts! You know when you're working on multiple crochet projects at the same time, and you come back to a project that you haven't worked on for a while... but you can't remember what size crochet hook you were using! Well these clever hook size reminder stitch markers will solve that problem, simply add the crochet stitch markers that correspond to your hook size!
We do love a bit of sparkle, so of course we love these sparkly geometric stitch markers from Stitching Me Softly. These laser-cut stitch markers come in a set of 3, with 2 sparkly acrylic markers and one lovely natural birch ply wood marker - gorgeous!
Are you a fan of using Alpaca yarn? Then you should really get yourself these happy alpaca stitch markers! These super-cute laser-cut wooden stitch markers can come as either ring style knitting stitch markers or clip style crochet stitch markers!
Puffins wearing woolly jumpers - what's not to love! These adorable Sheep in sweaters knitting stitch markers come as a set of 6 (two of each design), and come in a handy tin too!
Here's another solid ring style stitch marker for you knitters. These bee hexagon stitch markers use simple hexagons to create a really stylish stitch marker, and each set comes with a bonus larger marker complete with a super-cute bee charm!
If you're a Harry Potter fan as well as a fan of knitting and crochet, then you've got to check out these Harry Potter stitch markers! Perfect for keeping count of your stitches on that Hufflepuff scarf!
Here's another incredible simple solid ring knitting stitch marker that we've totally fallen in love with! These stylish cat stitch markers are a great way of combining your love of cats with your knitting... and the best part is they won't unravel your knitting while playing with that ball of yarn!
Why not treat yourself or a crafty friend to these custom letter stitch markers by Beyond the Square. You purchase each letter marker individually, so you can really customise it to make up your favourite name or word, and they come with either solid ring or clip style markers too!
If you've made it to the bottom of this list and still can't decide (after all, there's so many fantastic stitch markers to choose from), then this last option is for you! Why not sign up to this stitch markers subscription box from Yarnie Finds! Available in 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions, you'll be sent a monthly set of stitch markers (with a minimum of 3 markers in each set), as well as some extra surprises too! Go on - treat yourself!
We hope you've enjoyed this list and found some new knitting stitch markers and crochet stitch markers to try. If you're looking for more inspiration, how about checking out our list of best crochet kits or crochet gift ideas, or our lists of the best British yarn producers or gifts for knitters.
Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.