Quick Tip: Counting Rows

How many times have you lost track of how many rows you’ve knitted?

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been engrossed in a TV show knitting away and realize I forgot to count off and mark my rows! This is so frustrating. The best way to avoid the frustration is to just count your rows. Once you know what to look for, it is so easy to catch back up on your row counting.

Typically, there are 2 main types of knitting. I’m going to show you how to count your work with both stitches.

Counting in Garter Stitch

Garter Stitch is the very basic stitch in knitting. It’s just knit, row after row after row. The easiest way to count garter stitch is by counting the bumps and grooves in your knitting. Each row of bumps is a row and each row of grooves in a row.

You can see in the image above I have marked the bumps of Row 1. There is a 'valley' between the next row of bumps, this would be row 2. Row 3 bumps, 4 valleys and so on.

Counting in Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is slightly different because you are knitting a row and purling a row. This causes your work to have a smooth side and a bumpy side. In Stockinette Stitch you can see the knitting make some small V-shaped pattern.  To count rows on Stockinette you will count the V’s.

NOTE: In an effort to make a clear distinction, the V's in this image are on every other row.

So the next time you are lost in a TV show or the baby eats your pattern notes (FACT!) you can now easily figure out exactly where you are in your pattern and keep on keepin' on. Hopefully, this quick tip will help you! Whether you are working in garter or stockinette or some combination, you can now count your work to see how far you’ve come.  What project did you forget to count on? Let’s see your work-in-progress!

Kathryn O'Neil