23 comments on “Reading Your Knitting and Using a Row Counter

  1. Hey staci it’s funny thing those row counter clickers I have the same ones you I love it but I could mine as starting a new row instead of after completing a row hmmm I wonder I’m a lefty so maybe righties and lefties brains think differently. LOL. Great video have a great day!

  2. Hey Stacie–I have the same row counter also, and I do count “finished laps”! lol Have so enjoyed your videos and you have helped this beginning knitter so much! My family is happy I’ve found something to do OFF the computer! Have a blessed day!

  3. Hi Stacey, When you pick up stitches to knit, are the stitches that are picked up considered the first row?

  4. Hi Tina – No, unless the pattern specifies differently, a row of picked up stitches would be counted as “row zero” the same way a cast-on row is counted.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  5. Hello Staci, That was very helpful as I didn’t realise the “twill” side of garter stitch was the Right Side, nor did I realise that the stitches on the needle are also a count. It just shows, you can learn something new every day. I too have the same row counter and count after each “lap” like you. That way you know exactly which row to start next.

  6. Hi S t a c i, this is a little bit off topic question.
    I usually have HUGE problem making a swatch. And even if I do, my knitted piece seems never be the same! It is so frustrating. I stopped knitting for myself and do it just for my kid.
    Is it the difference in my swatch vs. garment knitting?
    Is it my swatch measuring problem?
    Or is it body measuring problem?

    Do you have any suggestions? Please!
    Thank you,
    ~ Iryna

  7. Hi Iryna – I can think of two possible reasons that your swatches aren’t workin’ for ya.

    First – are you washing your swatch and setting it out to air dry before using it to measure gauge? You have to do this so you know how your actual garment is going to fit after washing.

    Second – sometimes patterns can be confusing with sizes. If the pattern isn’t clear about how much ease is put into the sizes, you can end up knitting the incorrect size for your body. If you want to figure it out for yourself, look through the pattern to find the total number of stitches on the needle around the bust/chest. Divide that number by the gauge, and you’ll have the actual number of inches around the finished sweater. Then you can better determine the size you want to knit, and allow for positive or negative ease, as desired.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  8. Thank you so much for this video and all of the ones you have made. I have just started to learn to knit and without your videos I would be lost. Your patterns are great to. I have just finish bed the socks pattern. I can’t wait to do another one. Thanks again.

  9. I have enjoyed watching some of your videos. I am just learning to knit, and am having a heck of a time learning yarn tension and just holding everything. I am a lifelong sewist, have done a lot of quilting, embroidery, and making smocked garments and little girls dresses, but this I am finding very foreign to my fingers.

  10. Thank you so much for your videos and tips. I tried knitting a long time ago when my youngest was a baby. Picked it up again in January of this year and used your videos to really learn. Two pairs of mittens, three cable Christmas stockings, two hats, a half finished sweater and the beginnings of knee high socks later, I’m knitting without dropping the yarn, twisting the stitches, or tossing the whole lot across the room and giving up!! Thank you! -chris

  11. Hey Stacie

    i am a french fan of your blog, especially your teaching videos.
    it has always been very useful to knit as I am the only one in the family who knits(no one else to show me).

    I wonder if you already did a video showing how to add crochet borders, which I find very frequently in models.
    thank you for all your friendly advices!

    à bientôt


  12. Hi Aude – thanks for the note! No, I currently don’t have any videos on crocheted borders. But it’s something I’d like to add, so I’m sure we’ll have some soon!

    S t a c i

  13. Another big thank you for all the help. I just watched pick up and knit and also how to read your knitting. Huge help for me. Sincere gratitude

  14. Hi Staci,
    Just a little suggestion for our tech-savvy knitters who are never without their iPhones … there is a great free app called stichminder which allows you to count rows by simply tapping the screen. it also has options for pattern row repeats and increases/decreases. i find it super user-friendly! just a suggestion as I said 🙂

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  17. Hi-
    I am trying some different ways of keeping track of rows and I often have multiple projects. Have you tried out any apps? I am using a really one but I am wondering if there are any better ones. Thanks!

  18. Hi Staci
    I love your website and videos. I’ve been knitting for 3 years in time – but not very often in those 3 years so I’m quite inexperienced. I turn to your videos for help a lot. I have a pattern wanting me to knit for many rows and then start a new section. So I’m counting the rows of knitting (60) until I get to the new section. The pattern says (for the first row in the new section) Row 1 (RS) knit. Row 2 (WS) purl. If I do a long tail cast on and consider the finished sts the WS, then Row 1 (in the first section) is the RS – so does that mean if counting a long tail cast on as the WS then the RS in that circumstance would always be the the odd rows? i.e. c/o row is RS, row 1 knitted row is WS, row 2 knitted is RS? Am I understanding that right?
    Thanks for any help with this and for all your helpful videos and tutorials! I’ve recommended them often.

  19. Ginny – the RS and WS are determined by the pattern, not the side of the CO. After you CO, the first row is RS (in this case). That’s all you need to consider!

    In most of my patterns I call for a “setup” row after the cast on, then the row after that is Row 1 and the RS of the work. That is because I think the second row after the CO is the prettier side of the CO. But hopefully you can trust your pattern.

    S t a c i

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