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mamagriz
05-11-2007, 12:37 PM
I am having trouble counting rows. The "knit one, purl one" is easy to count.
But I am doing a "Knit all rows". Can someone tell me how to count these rows. (There are two bumps than it looks like another in the middle????
Hope I don't sound too dumb.
What does GMT mean?

brendajos
05-11-2007, 01:02 PM
GMT means Greenwich Mean Time. It is the timezone that all time is based on. So if it is 12am GMT then and it says All times are GMT - 5 hours then it is 7pm.

As far as counting garter stitch... Each bump equates into 2 rows. your second row is in between the bumps so it is easier to count the rows and double it.

truthfully though, to make myself feel better, I usually count rows on both sides just to be sure...lol

hydeemarie
05-12-2007, 03:20 PM
Seriously... I ALWAYS get lost in a pattern so I use a row counter or I stick a post-it to the pattern and use tally marks to keep track! :teehee:

mamagriz
05-12-2007, 05:39 PM
Thank you for your reply. but since I lost my place, I need to know HOW to count rows.
Thank you

05-12-2007, 06:18 PM
Another good question that I've been wondering about. How do you count the row that's on your needle?

hydeemarie
05-12-2007, 07:19 PM
Another good question that I've been wondering about. How do you count the row that's on your needle?
You count every row up until the stitches that are on your needle... you dont count those when you are counting rows.

05-12-2007, 07:22 PM
Thank you!

suzeeq
05-12-2007, 07:45 PM
The sts on your needle are for the next row, if that helps you any.

sue

G J
05-12-2007, 11:05 PM
I knit at school while substitute teaching and used to loose track of rows easily. I now copy all my patterns in to a Word document and make checkboxes for each row. I put a Square Box for knit rows and a Round "box" for purl rows. Works GREAT! It also helps me match sleeve lengths and keep track of what I did. If I have to add rows (my arms are long) I make extra boxes. I use the MS Reference font. Yes, it's a bit of work, but it also helps me think through the pattern while I wait for my yarn order to arrive! It's easier if your pattern is from the internet!

I also put in a lifeline (see Glossary and Amy's video on lifelines) whenever I have an increase or decrease row or major pattern repeat. I use very thin cotton crochet thread and leave it there, adding additional lifelines on the same pattern repeat rows (every ten rows, say). Then I can also check the length of what I've knit and make sure I'm on track.

When I COUNT rows, I'm careful to start counting at the first V above my lifeline. I use two plastic yarn needles as i count. (I know this is corny, but it works for me!) I stick one needle in the first V where I start and use the other to count up ten rows. Then I stick that one in the 10th V and use the first one to count ten more rows, etc.

Hope these techniques help!

suzeeq
05-12-2007, 11:25 PM
It's easier to count the purl bumps in stockinette stitch than the Vs. At least I think so - I get lost with the Vs.

sue

tarrentella
05-13-2007, 08:40 AM
Im the same when it comes to counting, especially as, as a begginer, the tension and stitches arn't always as even as i would like! I need a pointer and absolute quiet. I have a large finger ring which ii wear most days, its a big flat sor of diamond shape so i always use one of the points to count along the stitches.

With garter stitch (knit every row) i like to cout both the ridges and he 'troughs' so wil stretch the work slightly so i can see them clearly.

mamagriz
05-13-2007, 11:21 AM
You all have sent wonderful replies. But it still doesn't tell me how to count the rows.
Some one told me in "Knit every row" each ridge is TWO rows. Is this correct? But what about the buried V's between the ridges, do you count that as a row? So if the ridges is two rows and the V's is one row, would I be count 3?
When you "Knit one Purl one" it is easy to count the V's.
I never knew I was so dumb. Sorry!

suzeeq
05-13-2007, 01:23 PM
`Knit every row' is garter stitch and you end up with 2 rows - a ridge row and a buried V row. The V row is the 2nd row, so for every ridge you count it is only 2 rows.

sue

mamagriz
05-13-2007, 01:58 PM
Thanks Suzeeq, I think I got it now. Thanks a bunch.

G J
05-14-2007, 10:55 AM
Ah. The anatomy of a stitch. Once I figured this out, I could count much more easily. Look carefully as you knit. You'll notice that you're makingloops around the needle. Each loop is a stitch. Whether the stitch is "tied" on in back or front determines the type of stitch (K or P). If you knit every row, your bumps will alternate sides, so as you count, you count by two's. Each bump will be two rows.

It has helped my knitting tremendously to REALLY learn the anatomy of stitches. Here's what I suggest that helped me a LOT!

Try puting in a lifeline, knitting a row and putting in another lifeline. Look at what is inbetween the lifeline. THat's a row. Then try knitting two rows and putting in a lifeline. Now look again. That's a pair of rows. This will also help you figure out if you count the row on your needle. It depends if you counted the first row or not! Hopefully by doing this, the rows will then make sense to you!

mamagriz
05-14-2007, 05:02 PM
Thanks GJ
I will give your suggestions a try.

Do you remember a magazine called "Crochet Home". It was around in
1997.
I have only a picture of a beautiful pillow and at the bottom of the page it says: From Crochet Home Magazine, No. 60, Page 7.
I sure wish I could find that magazine. I want to make this pillow.
It has a heart in the middle and in the middle of the heart is a Rose Beautiful.

BinkyKat
05-14-2007, 07:36 PM
You're on the right track, but you don't count three. I get hung up on the "buried V's" row too, that's a good way to describe it! Since they are sort of hidden, that's where folks just count the ridge/bumpy row and then double it.
Make sense?
Some count the cast on row and some don't. In the big scheme of things, if I'm off a row it's never ruined anything.
Hope that helps...you think like I do :thumbsup:

mamagriz
05-14-2007, 08:08 PM
Thanks Binkykat.
Its nice to know I am doing something right. Sometimes I wonder :eyes:
How long have you been knitting? What have you made?
I am just beginning, so I am sticking to the small stuff. Less intimidating! :??
Thanks again