The Trick To Counting Rows and Changing Colors Smoothly on Garter Stitch
Making a striped garter-stitch scarf is a fun way to use up scraps and make your knitting more exciting.
Especially if you are a beginner, this will add a small challenge while you are practicing the knit stitch for the first time.
Garter-stitch is the bumpy, double-sided fabric created when you knit every stitch, on every row.
In my last blog post I showed you how to change colors in knitting and how to avoid cutting the yarn for each stripe.
Some patterns, like this Doctor Who Scarf by Chris Brimelow, call for you to knit a certain number of rows before switching to a new color.
On garter-stitch, how do you know how many rows you've knitted? The widely dispersed rule-of-thumb states that you should count each "ridge" as two rows of knitting. But it's not as simple as that.
What about when you have done an odd number of rows? How can you tell? The trick is to NOT count the cast-on row, and to be sure to count the row of stitches that is ON your needles.
Easy - make sure you only switch colors when the pretty side is facing you.
The following video shows you how to count your rows in garter-stitch, which side to switch colors on, and how to laugh at yourself when you mess up! I left in my mistake on purpose instead of editing it out, to show you all that it's totally cool to mess up. Everybody's doing it, man!
Watch the video to learn how I count rows on garter stitch:
So that's how to really be sure how many rows you've done in garter-stitch, whether or not you've done an odd or an even number of rows.
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