Just today after about 45 years of crocheting! I was at the end of a row and was starting to pull the yarn up so it wouldn't easily pull out until I got back to working on my pineapple afghan that I was making; I saw my "clover" plastic safety pin that I use to mark stitches when knitting; and, I decided to put that on the last stitch I was working on and pulled the yarn down instead of up and it held fast and didn't go through the hole and kept my place with out unraveling a few stitches as it has sometimes when someone other than myself moved the item. I thought this was the neatest thing. I plan to tell my daughter whom I taught to crochet many years ago.
I also have been crocheting almost 40 years and have just recently begun doing this same thing. It works much better for holding the last stitch worked, especially if you also happen to be at the end of a skein and plan to start the next skein when you come back to it.
I also do this when I'm making something that I have to crochet "X" number of rows, where X is a couple or more hundred rows. I put a knit stitch holder at one end of every 50 rows. Then when I go back and count to see how many rows I've done, I don't have to count so many. I just look and each marker is 50, then however many I've done since the last marker. This works great when makiing afghans, or even for sweaters where I mark every 20 rows. Saves a lot of time spent counting instead of crocheting!
For more years than I care to count I have used those stainless steel pincurl clips that you bend to open then bend the other way to close. Don't know what they are called. Currently they have become a fashion thing to wear in your hair and are available in sizes from about half an inch up to 3 inches and in colors. I stick one of the ends through the last loup then close up the clip.
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