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Marg1e 04-29-2013 12:40 AM

keeping row count with circular needle
What's the best way, team?

salmonmac 04-29-2013 05:05 AM

I use a one of those little barrel counters. They're made with a thin plastic tether that goes over the needle like a stitch marker so that you can use them when knitting a tube. Or I just knit what looks like the right number of rounds and then count up a column of sts.

GrumpyGramma 04-29-2013 09:46 AM


Or I just knit what looks like the right number of rounds and then count up a column of sts.
Me too. If I feel I need to be more aware of the number of rows, I go really high tech and I make marks on a piece of paper. Some people use row markers.

Marg1e 04-29-2013 06:00 PM

Ah; I should've been more specific. Comme d'habitude.
My garment has reached the stage where the two ... erhmm ... shirt-tails have been joined, and I am now knitting the entire thing as an uninterrupted item on my 100mm circular needle. (It's bloody difficult, too, shoving the stitches around all the time; but that's another story.)
So I can't put a stitch-counter on.
Marks on a piece of paper, eh? You lot are as technically advanced as I am! ;)
I think I might go to a site like Dragonext and see if I can find a little counter of some kind - one that stands on feet ...

salmonmac 04-29-2013 06:12 PM

Ah, yes. I'm a fan of the pencil and paper myself but in extremis, I've used a barrel counter with a strand of yarn through the barrel and then looped and tied over the needle. Not very elegant but it at least stays put and serves a a round marker/counter when I travel with knitting.
I do understand and sympathize with the "shoving the sts" maneuver which is also technically advanced.

GrumpyGramma 04-29-2013 06:23 PM

Go glamorous! Hang your row counter round your neck, it will be avant garde jewelry. Actually I've seen them that are supposed to go around the neck. I think on youtube I saw something about a bracelet row counter. Pushing and shoving must be all the rage, I've got some of that going on with my current project.

Mystery: Why can't I remember to advance the row counter but can remember to put a mark on a piece of paper?

salmonmac 04-29-2013 06:30 PM

Yes to all of what GG says. For flat knitting, I changed to counting every 2 rows. I advance the marker when I turn back to the RS. Somehow....that works in my brain.

Lizars1735 04-29-2013 06:33 PM

I have one of those electronic row counters that will keep track of 3 projects at once, but it's too easy to hit the wrong button. It works, though. But I also use marks on a piece of paper as a backup. Marks right on the pattern so I know where I'm at. Usually I'll remember to do one of them.

Marg1e 04-30-2013 06:41 PM

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Hmm ... easy to see that no tried, tested, true solution exists, eh, ladies?
I've ordered one of those manual tally counters. Had to go to bloody eBay, in the end. How I loathe eBay. Anyway, the bastard I ordered it from is supposed to've sent it overnight delivery; but to say that I have my doubts is grossly understating the case.
So I shall shortly (depending) be able to add my comments re yet another method of counting rows.

Marg1e 05-01-2013 01:35 AM

Wondering why I loathe eBay?
I put in my on-line order yesterday morning at 8:15, paying an extra twelve bucks for express overnight postage.
Just now - which, in Sydney terms, is 3:30 pm the following day, I've received email saying the item has been posted.

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