View Full Version : Hands Free Row Counter?!? - Possibly Foot Operated?

03-01-2008, 07:08 PM
....Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? You'd think there would be something out there that some famous/genius/crafty knitter has invented where you operate the device with your feet/foot and keeps a count of your rows without ever having to take your hands off of your work!!

I've been looking everywhere online for something like this (or something that I could use to substitute with)....but my efforts have failed me.

Does anyone have a million dollars that they'd like to invest into my potential product? I'd like to mention that I have no experience in engineering or marketing....so you'd have to contribue that as well :)
I can, however, demonstrate the heck out of it (CAUSE I NEED ONE NOW!!!).

Anyway, just a passing thought.......

so far, the coolest thing (other than a digital counter) that I could find online was: THIS (http://www.mariettespatterns.com/graphics/row_indicator.jpg) **insert whiny voice** But it's still soooo manual!!


03-01-2008, 07:43 PM
Well if you find it, please let us know about it! (smile)

03-01-2008, 07:46 PM
I just use a Kacha-Kacha, hold it between my toes and use the other foot to click it. My husband says it's disgusting but it works for me.

03-01-2008, 07:52 PM
I just use a Kacha-Kacha, hold it between my toes and use the other foot to click it. My husband says it's disgusting but it works for me.
HAHAHAHHA!!!!!!! That's hilarious!!

03-01-2008, 11:42 PM
Maybe if we could control one w/ our minds? I'm so frustrated, I forget to mark, click or do whatever with whatever I'm using. and with repeats, its even more frustrating!

03-02-2008, 12:07 AM

I had this same thought some time ago! Was thinking how much easier it would be if there were some kind of row counter with a foot pedal!

03-02-2008, 04:52 AM
I just use a Kacha-Kacha, hold it between my toes and use the other foot to click it. My husband says it's disgusting but it works for me.

LOL, why does he say it's disgusting?

03-02-2008, 05:09 AM
LOL, why does he say it's disgusting?

Maybe she doesn't wash her feet? Just kidding!

I've often wondered if there was a better solution to this problem than saying to my DH, "Please remember this is the third increase, OK?"

03-02-2008, 10:30 AM
I still haven't found anything more efficient than post it notes and a pen. I'm on a sock frenzy and when I need to count rows it's easy to mark down and any changes I make to a pattern in sock #1 I mark down so I can repeat in sock #2.

03-02-2008, 11:04 AM
Here are a couple counters that can easily be adapted to be a "floor counter". Each has screw holes that can be used to secure the counter to a piece of wood that would keep it from falling over as you push it with your foot/toe. I have the silver one and can testify to it's durability.

These pictures should take you directly to the page where they can be purchased. I've never ordered from this company, but in looking for these counters, I can see that they are advertising the cheapest price I've seen ($4.49 + s&h of $5 = $9.49). Office Depot sells the silver one, but without the desktop base and I think it was $10 + tax of course.

I have never seen an actual floor model tally counter.

http://www.brannanshop.co.uk/acatalog/28-502-0.jpg (http://www.uxcell.com/stainless-desk-hand-held-counter-with-digits-p-1794.html) http://media.uxcell.com/uxcell/images/item/medium/ux_a07031300ux0018_ux_m.jpg (http://www.uxcell.com/hand-tally-6digit-counter-number-clicker-arithmometer-p-5839.html)

03-02-2008, 11:38 AM
GENIUS!!!! Maybe I can expand the button somehow

I think we're on to something!!!

03-02-2008, 10:46 PM
I have a clover row counter, one of those red ones that you just have to push down on and what I do is stick the end of it into a jar of playdough (so it's stable) and I hit it with my foot while I'm knitting

03-02-2008, 11:43 PM
LOL, why does he say it's disgusting?

Because he thinks feet are disgusting. Even clean feet. :teehee:

starburst, I love the idea of sticking it in Play-Doh.

03-05-2008, 12:18 AM
Finally - a more practical use for play-doh than sticking to my coffee table, crumbling into my carpet, and finding a way into the soles of my shoes...Thankfully (or sadly, depending on my mood and/or your viewpoint), my children are beyond the play-doh stage! LOL!

But that is a truly brilliant use for the stuff, and I must say, a novel way to count rows. I think my younger cat would knock it over, though, he's a nosey little cuss and believe the entire world is his personal toy box. :)

03-07-2008, 08:51 PM
That's AWESOME!!! And I have SOOO much play-doh!!

10-05-2009, 08:51 PM
ive been thinking about this alot.
i never want to put my knitting down to click a thing or make a tick mark. i mentioned this to my friend who has made pedals in the past and has helped me make other knit hacks.
we are in the beginning stages of coming up with something.
when we do i will let you know first thing.

10-06-2009, 11:49 AM
You people are brilliant!! I never would have thought of any of these things! Thanks for all of the great ideas....

10-06-2009, 04:05 PM
Ooooh I'm glad this thread popped up... I love that first counter so much that I now have one on the way!

10-06-2009, 05:07 PM
I use a notebook and a pen. LOL. You guys are so crafty with your toes and Play-doh!

10-06-2009, 06:40 PM
THey have row counters that are stitch markers...

so you dont have to put down your needles... cause its on your needle... just a quick tap with your thumb and continue on!

10-09-2009, 09:57 AM
Laura, if you could keep your beautiful children away from all those colorful sliders on that counter, you are doing wayyy better than me. It even looks like a toy!

To keep track of intricate patterns with counting rows, I usually make a notecard for every line with the instructions written in a way that makes sense to me, and I do little boxes to check off at the bottom of ones that are repeated. Then I hide the whole mess away from the children. Sometimes not well enough.

Lisa R.
10-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Hey! Just got my issue of Creative Knitting and found this counter (http://www.lacis.com/catalog/data/AB_Knitting.html#CB38). Might it work for some of you?

(If the link doesn't take you right to it, look for "Knitting Chain Row Couner.")

10-11-2009, 07:50 AM
Hey! Just got my issue of Creative Knitting and found this counter (http://www.lacis.com/catalog/data/AB_Knitting.html#CB38). Might it work for some of you?

(If the link doesn't take you right to it, look for "Knitting Chain Row Couner.")

I saw this too and I think it's a great idea. I'm going to try placing my clover in play-doh and try that first. Of course I'll have to buy the play-doh first. My kids are way past that stage although if I bring it home they'll probably play with it anyway. I know it can be made and I used to have a recipe for it but it's long gone by now.

Thanks for all the suggestions since I've had these same questions.


10-19-2009, 07:02 PM
how much would you be willing to pay for a footpedaled electronic row counter?

10-19-2009, 07:53 PM
Hey! Just got my issue of Creative Knitting and found this counter (http://www.lacis.com/catalog/data/AB_Knitting.html#CB38). Might it work for some of you?

I've used this type of counter for some time. I picked up some 7 and 10mm split rings at the local craft store to make stitch markers. When I needed a row counter for repeating cables I linked some together. I put some type of bobble at one end to create a "start". Each row I advance another ring.

Cost for 100 rings was less than $5 US.

01-16-2014, 12:19 AM
I can do that. With modern micro-controllers i can build a nifty foot peddled counter. Is there still interest in this? I thought about it because I normally just keep count on a piece of paper. reply to this thread if anyone thinks it's a good idea, maybe I'll make one.

01-18-2014, 06:16 PM
I use Katcha Katcha...sometimes. My only issue with it...I forget to click it. Gah.
When I do use them...I'll use one Katcha Katcha for 'repeats'...and a second Katcha Katcha for 'rows'.

Most times, when I need to keep count of rows within a repeat...I use thread markers inserted into a defining KNIT COLUMN somewhere close by and easily seen.

Or if a repeat is 10 rows tall...I insert a thread marker in every 10th row. I leave the threads in place until I'm all done.

A foot operated counter wouldn't help me. I sit Indian Fashion most of the time.

Any row counter that's mechanized means you MUST REMEMBER to click it. That's my downfall. So I end up not trusting my counter, and recount rows over and over.

No more. The threads do it for me.

See the black threads on the far right of this photo? Works for me! They were keeping track of a cable repeat that sits close by.

The photo below shows red threads in addition to the black threads. The red threads were keeping track of the larger cable wishbone repeats. Works for me. With so many things going on...I would go crazy without my little helpers.

I leave ALL THREADS in place until all 5 pieces of a cardigan are knit up! This also helps
to create perfectly matching fronts. You know exactly how many repeats and rows in each
piece. I make note of the exact repeat and rows where the armhole bindoffs take place...on the Back first...and then I replicate the same thing for the two Fronts. Voila. Perfect alignment.

01-18-2014, 06:21 PM
PS...the gadget counter you showed (http://www.mariettespatterns.com/graphics/row_indicator.jpg) is too fiddly for me. I'd never remember what's what. I'm too forgetful to remember to advance the little toggles.