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Simply_Renee
10-14-2008, 09:56 AM
My current highly sophisticated method of counting is making a little tick mark on a piece of paper. I tend to lose the paper or put the project down to work on something else and get lost a little.

I am thinking about buying a counter- are they helpful? Which ones are the best and most useful?

saracidaltendencies
10-14-2008, 10:54 AM
I do have counters, but, they're the really cheap kind...The little plastic ones that fit on your needles. They do come in handy, but, it gets annoying having to turn the dial after each row so sometimes I just make pencil marks on paper. I would LOVE it if there were a counter that had a foot press! After each row just press a little peddle with your foot and it clicks it on up to the next number...ahh, that would be the life :teehee:

I did see one recently at my LYS that looks handy...I think it was made by Clover, I could be wrong, but, it's more like a necklace...You wear it around your neck and it has a little clicker thing you press each time you start a new row. I'd like to try that one out sometime.

I suggest going to your LYS, or even online and start by browsing the different counters to see which one you like best.

bonstance
10-14-2008, 12:04 PM
I have the Clover Kacha-Kacha... I like it a lot, except that there's no way to lock it at a particular number so it doesn't accidentally advance if it gets bumped while in a knitting bag. Or if you drop it on the floor! Not that I'm speaking from personal experience... Now was I at 10 or 11 rows...?

PurlyGyrl
10-14-2008, 12:26 PM
I have a green Clover Kacha-Kacha counter that I love. It has a lock that will prevent you accidently advancing a row and has a doo-hickey at the top that I have run a ribbon through so I can wear it around my neck. Here's a tiny little picture. (I hope you can see it)

AAngels
10-14-2008, 12:31 PM
I just put a marker, then counter the rows myself.
I have tried counters and don't like them.
I wish someone could develop one u put on the end of your needle and it changes itself automatically. Electrical

Thanks
Kathy

hartleystudio
10-14-2008, 12:53 PM
My son ALWAYS gets my plastic counter and advances it! I have given it up and I put my pattern in a plastic page protector and I use a china marker to make a tick mark on the plastic sleeve for each row. That way I don't loose the paper scrap and I can rub the marks off when I'm done and use the page protector (and pattern) again.

Jan in CA
10-14-2008, 12:55 PM
I don't like counters I much prefer the tick marks on paper. Here's my thoughts on the subject...

Counters - it's easy for someone, especially kids, to come up and say 'what's this?' and give it a few turns. It's easy to forgot to turn it yourself and you are always second guessing if you did turn it and counting your rows by hand anyway to see if you goofed.

Paper and pencil - I don't usually mess up when I use them although you can of course, but with it right there beside me I rarely do. I can easily keep track of specific parts of the pattern like increases, decreases, etc. When alternating inc and plain knit rows I do like this -

inc- lll
k -ll

If I get up to do something I know I need to do the plain knit row next. If they both have 3 ticks then it's an inc row. I never put my knitting down in the middle of a row.

To prevent losing the paper I keep a specific notepad just for my knitting.

Okay, not what you asked, but my two cents..:shifty:

SteveDallas
10-14-2008, 01:09 PM
I like the little round kind because they can go on the needle. (When I'm doing magic loop or a flat item on a circular needle, I just stick it onto the "free" needle and then when I've gone one time around, I can just pass it over to the other needle so I can continue.)

As others have said, what I don't like is that you have to turn the little dial by hand. I also have a red "clicker" from Clover, and I like being able to just "click" it. It scores in the ease of use department, but I miss not being able to attach it to the needle. My ideal counter would go on the needle, but advance with a click or squeeze, rather than with a twist.

Denise in Michigan
10-14-2008, 01:55 PM
I have a green Clover Kacha-Kacha counter that I love. It has a lock that will prevent you accidently advancing a row and has a doo-hickey at the top that I have run a ribbon through so I can wear it around my neck. Here's a tiny little picture. (I hope you can see it)
Another vote for the green Clover mini Kacha-Kacha from another Denise!
In addition, it is easily operated with only one hand.
I've used barrel, pegboard, regular Kacha-Kacha, marking the pattern copy, and paper and pencil. For straightforward row counting, I find the mini Kacha-Kacha easiest to remember and use. For a complex series of operations, though, nothing can beat marking the pattern or pencil and paper!

Daylilydayzed
10-14-2008, 01:58 PM
I use the ones that slide on the needles. I put on one the needle I am knitting the stitches on and one onthe working needle. If the counter is at the end where the yarn is coming off, it is the next row to do. If it is at the end of the knitting where there is no yarn coming off of it, it is the row just finished. Once I started doing that , I never lost track of what row was next if I put it down between chart rows. One chart I am working from has a 48 stitch row count to begin with but once established , it starts with row 9 of the pattern. The other chart I am working from at the same time is only 10 rows So I need at least 3 row counters to keep from getting confused

teachermom
10-14-2008, 06:16 PM
I use the counter that fits on the needle and I just recently bought the one that is for circular needles.

My youngest likes to turn mine - sometimes I have to guess or go count rows to find out where I am.

I also use the pencil/paper method, however I use a post-it note (they come in different sizes) I write down the rows -especially helpful when you are increasing/decreasing every several rows. I'll write down the amount of rows that I have to work and cross off for each row completed. I stick the post it note to my pattern and then I have it the next time I pick up my knitting. I have also found it helpful when I knit a second item from that pattern - it reminds me of what I've done.

I also try to stop knitting on an even number row or at a certain point in the pattern if the pattern repeats.

KnitClickChick
10-14-2008, 08:11 PM
I have one that you put on your needle and turn after each row, but it is kind of a pain. I have a Clover one now, which I like very much. I like to hear the click after each row, it makes me feel like I have accomplished something. :-) Sometimes, I just use good old fashioned pen and paper though.

Knit4Pie
10-14-2008, 08:28 PM
I have a very simple one you can put on the needles...although I just set it beside me. I need more though, for those patterns that have 2 or more stitch patterns that don't have the same number of rows. I think I'll also get some that you can either click up or push a button or something.

The pattern I'm doing now (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaf-lace-scarf), I'm using the row counter to count the rows of the pattern, then making a mark on a paper for each repeat of the stitch pattern I finish. Works for me!

mks22300
10-14-2008, 08:32 PM
I have the red and green Clover counters. I like the green one because it locks when I'm not using it. I'll also use pencil and paper.

Lisa R.
10-14-2008, 11:17 PM
I have a green Clover Kacha-Kacha counter that I love. It has a lock that will prevent you accidently advancing a row and has a doo-hickey at the top that I have run a ribbon through so I can wear it around my neck. Here's a tiny little picture. (I hope you can see it)


This one is my favorite. Clicking is easy to do one-handed (I need two hands to do the little ones that go on your needles), and I LOVE the locking thing--don't have to worry about it it accidentally advancing.

lucky_alf2
10-15-2008, 02:35 AM
I tried a counter once but somehow it just didn't work for me -- I seemed to keep forgetting to advance it when I got done with my row. My latest method works well tho -- I count out X number of M&Ms (candy corns, caramels, whatever) and then eat one at the end of each row. Somehow I don't forget and it's a nice yummy reward too!

Karina
10-15-2008, 03:09 AM
I have the kind you put on the needle and turn and a clicker that hangs around your neck that came free with a magazine. I like the clicker the best but as people have pointed out before my kids also love to come up and say what is this and start clicking away. So i still have to know what row I am on.

I think by far the best method is to try and be organized like Artlady and have a notebook. before I started my sleeves for the CPH I knew how many pattern repeats I needed so I wrote the pattern down where I needed the increases etc and ticked it off as I got to it. Also doing both sleeves together ensured that both were matching.

So my favorite way is buy a pretty notebook and pen just for your knitting bag and make it your friend.

LovelyLinda
10-15-2008, 07:15 AM
I use a little spriral note pad that I keep in my knitting bag to keep track of the rows I've done.

pixiepurls
10-15-2008, 12:18 PM
I thankfully can look and count my stitches for the most part now by increases/decreases etc. The only time I normally need a row counter is for lace, I also sometimes just use a saftey pin every 10 rows to mark the last stitch every 10 or something. Super cheap.

My favorite counter though is that little pinke one from clover. it is like an off-white and then the dials on the side are pink. It 'clicks' into place unlick the boye red and blue ones which don't stay on a number very well.

Mike
10-15-2008, 12:59 PM
I tried a counter once but somehow it just didn't work for me -- I seemed to keep forgetting to advance it when I got done with my row. My latest method works well tho -- I count out X number of M&Ms (candy corns, caramels, whatever) and then eat one at the end of each row. Somehow I don't forget and it's a nice yummy reward too!

I would end up wondering why my count said I had 100 rows done and I hadn't even finished one.

Wanda Witch
10-15-2008, 01:16 PM
I used to use a pencil and paper but it would get pretty messed up after a while. So, I bought a Clover, the red one, and a Row Counter Plus from Nancy's Knit Knacks and since there are no little ones around I did not have to worry about someone messing with either one. I've used both at one. The latter counter is supposed to be able to handle three things at once, but somehow I never got the hang of it so I use the little Clover one. As soon as I've knitted/purled two stitches of a row I advance my counter so I won't forget. Guess the same could go for doing it at the end also, but at the beginning works best for me. I do believe the Clover one that locks would be great if you take your knitting with you in a bag as the one I have could certainly be advanced unknowingly.

susi
10-15-2008, 01:39 PM
Im another tick on paper knitter as well. i tried the plastic counters you stick on the end of your needle, the one i had (inherited it to be fair) was to large for all th eneedles i usually use, so the flipping thing kept falling off. i got really annoyed with it one night and it went out the window (literally :aww: ), im not great with patience, how i can knit i'll never know :teehee:

MAmaDawn
10-15-2008, 01:41 PM
Ha ha! I wish I could be orginzed enough to use paper, but I can't keep my pattern with the project, so there s little hope for me there... :teehee:

I use the kind that goes on your needles. I haven't had a problem with my kids messing with them and it's not cuz I have some special mommy powers to make them not... they mess with ALL my other knitting things... But since they are on my needles when I'm knitting they can't really mess with it... and I keep all my projects in ziplock bags so they aren't just out when I'm not knitting.

I LOVE the row counters, if you think it will work for you try it. I have heard LOTS of people say they don't like them, but I couldn't knit without them. And I know that they would all agree to do what works for you.

debb
10-16-2008, 11:46 AM
I love these

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_19&listing_id=13693203



(other than being a customer, I am not in any way affiliated with this seller)

If you're crafty, there is a thread in this forum to make your own

thecatsmother
10-16-2008, 12:16 PM
I have the one that goes on the end of the needle and it works great for me,but I will have to check out the clover one it looks good too

Orangey
10-19-2008, 11:10 PM
I used to use the Clover counter, but I have recently discovered an application on my iphone called StitchMinder, that works pretty much like the Clover one, except, I can't loose it and the kids can't change it.

AutumnAngelle
10-20-2008, 10:06 AM
My Hubby just got me an iPod touch for our anniversary and I started using the Stitchminder app yesterday and LOVE it... I am doing a Face cloth with a pattern repeat and it is great at helping keep track of which row of the pattern I am on... If you have a Iphone or touch try it out.

losnana
10-20-2008, 12:47 PM
I agree. I've tried secveral counters, but find it easier to forget to move a counter than to make a tick on a piece of paper.

I don't like counters I much prefer the tick marks on paper. Here's my thoughts on the subject...

Counters - it's easy for someone, especially kids, to come up and say 'what's this?' and give it a few turns. It's easy to forgot to turn it yourself and you are always second guessing if you did turn it and counting your rows by hand anyway to see if you goofed.

Paper and pencil - I don't usually mess up when I use them although you can of course, but with it right there beside me I rarely do. I can easily keep track of specific parts of the pattern like increases, decreases, etc. When alternating inc and plain knit rows I do like this -

inc- lll
k -ll

If I get up to do something I know I need to do the plain knit row next. If they both have 3 ticks then it's an inc row. I never put my knitting down in the middle of a row.

To prevent losing the paper I keep a specific notepad just for my knitting.

Okay, not what you asked, but my two cents..:shifty:

RuthieinMaryland
10-20-2008, 03:13 PM
Hi, Denise! :waving:

For the more "technical" counter, I like the red one that has the clicker at the top that you can just click one handed.

Before I found that, though, I used to use coins. I'd keep some pennies in a little bowl and then just take one out to count a row. I guess if you had more to count you could also use dimes or quarters and keep track of multiple counted items.

My best solution for keeping track, though, was to take each pattern row and write it out on it's own index card. Then I'd stack them and as I proceeded through the pattern, I take each finished "card" and put it in back of the stack. I always knew where I was in a pattern repeat.

Hope this helps, and happy knitting!

Ruthie :knitting:

figaro
10-20-2008, 08:25 PM
I have not used this but a person on Ravelry created this little site for row counting-

http://www.pixeldustindustries.com/rowcounter.htm

ArtLady1981
10-20-2008, 10:24 PM
I use the deluxe electronic row/stitch counter, along with marking every 10th row (or sometimes "full row repeats") with thin contrasting threads or a brass safety pin. This is my 'double insurance' that I don't lose my place. I know where I'm at and where I'm going at all times.

Be aware that sometimes the electronic row counter will BLIP out and seem like it died. You have to remove the back cover, remove the nickle sized flat battery, and re-install it right back into place to "re-set" your electronic row counter. For a $30 row counter you'd think they would give you something better than this. But, it is what it is.

I have had to "re-set" my electronic row counter prolly 6 times since I bought it last year. If I had to do it over again, I would buy it again because when it's working, it is really neat. If I didn't do the threads or safety pins in my work as double insurance (like lifelines) I'd be hoppin' mad. :hair:

Before the electronic row counter I used the little red KATCHA-KATCHA. It isn't too expensive, and it is dependable, but it can't keep track as efficiently or of as much.