How To Count Stitches And Rows In Knitting

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Counting your stitches fast is elementary!

Think learning to count is just for kids?

Not if you want to knit faster.

Many tricks that help you speed up your progress on a project don’t have to do with changing how you knit at all.

We all (hopefully) follow patterns and track our progress by counting stitches and rows.

One of the quickest fixes to a slow-moving project is learning a few ways to count faster.

 

Count Stitches By Fives For Fast Knitting

In my classes, I am amazed by how long knitters, even experts, take to count their stitches.

Changing how you count takes practice, but this video contains a scientific secret that will give you the motivation and encouragement to try this new way.

Counting by fives is absolutely the fastest way to count stitches in knitting.

Count Rows In Knitting By Using A Marker (Correctly)

Keeping track of how many rows you’ve knitted is vital for most knitting projects, yet many knitters wait until they think they’ve gone far enough to do anything about it.

Here’s a very simple trick that will make sure you never have to guess or think too hard when counting your rows.

This way, you’ll be absolutely sure how far you’ve gone, without any extra effort.

Placing a marker AROUND a stitch in “row 1″ will help you count later.

Voila! I challenge you to start practicing these new ways of counting on your current knitting project – comment here and let me know what you think.

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13 Responses to How To Count Stitches And Rows In Knitting

  1. Breisterretje says:

    Hi! I've found your blog through Ravelry. You have very useful tips!
    Thank you for the 5s tip. I count in 3-3-4, 10s, basically. Work for me, but I might try 5s too.
    As for counting rows, I use a stitch markers of 2 types: one small and several bigger ones. I don't mark first row, after I knit 5, I put a small SM around a stitch, just like you do (but after I knit the row, not during, like this it's not in the way when I knit next stitch). Then after I knit another 5 rows, I put a big SM, which marks 10. After next 5 I move the small SM, knit another 5 and put another big one. Like this you can quickly see how many 10s you've done already, very useful for long stockinette cardigans!
    I'm not sure if I understand why you count the stitches on the needle as a knitted row though. They're yet to become V's, it's a "row to be". So in your example I'd say that you've already knit 25 rows and are about to knit row 26.
    Thank you again, and count me in your followers!
    Greetings from Belgium, Olga

  2. Liat says:

    Hi Olga,
    Thanks for your comment! I love the idea of marking your cardigans with row-groups of 10 for easy counting. That's a great tip for readers.

    As far as counting the stitches on the needle – they are a knitted row because I have already knitted them. I think no matter how you count, as long as you are consistent it will come out correctly.

    Thanks again for contributing!
    Liat

  3. Renna says:

    I've always counted my stitches in groups of three, which has worked well for me, but faster sounds better, so I'll give the 5's a try!

    I have always had a struggle counting rows, and can't begin to count how many times I've forgotten to click my row-counter gadget at the end of a completed row. I am really anxious to implement your row counting method.

    Your tricks are such commen-sense ideas, I really don't understand why I never thought to do them! ;-) I appreciate you sharing all your cleverness with those of us who are NOT so clever! ;-Þ

  4. Annie Delgado says:

    Thank you, I’m a beginner knitter and I wasn’t sure on how to count the rows.

  5. Scatter says:

    I do the old fashioned way and just mark on a piece of paper after I have done a row ;-)

  6. Karen says:

    I’ve always had difficulting counting rows, my eyes get crossed, I lose the v row I’m counting. Using a marker will solve all of that. I use a clicker to count rows going forward, but if I have to back up a few rows to fix a mistake (I knit lace most of the time), it’s really hard to keep track of which row I went back to. Backing up on the clicker is a hassle. Thanks so much for all your videos, they really help. I’m self taught so I don’t know about some techniques until I have to figure out how to do them in the middle of a project.

    • Liat Gat says:

      Karen, that’s how I learned, too! Using a marker will help you so much. I actually just made a video about taking out mistakes in lace knitting – I’ll try to publish it as soon as possible!

  7. Cantata says:

    Thank you for your video on how to count stitches and rows. Do you have directions on how to count rows and stitches for moss and seed stitches?

    • Liat Gat says:

      It’s the same way! Just pull the knitting so that the rows spread out and you can see the top of each stitch. It’s actually easier on seed stitch because every purl bump in a column is 2 rows.

  8. Lovette Yewchan says:

    I am wondering if there is a verbal or written tutorial for counting rows and stitches? I am a blind knitter and love new tricks. I got the bind off dealing with the last stich by what you wrote so would be interested in more written easy descriptions.

    • Liat Gat says:

      Lovette, I am so glad you commented! I’m really glad to know that you were able to follow the written instructions for neatening the last stitch. The good news is that I am going to be redoing my whole website, and eventually including written instructions like this for each video that I have, which is about 200 videos! I’ll also be including written instructions for all the paid videos that come in the classes, so you should, within maybe the next year, be able to follow along with and learn every technique I teach.

      Big hugs and hats off to you for knitting blind – you are my hero!

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