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Old 03-24-2005, 10:24 AM   #1
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Knit one, Purl one, Knit one, RIP ALL!
I began project number four last night. It's another scarf, but my first that isn't a plain knit stitch. The pattern starts off as so:

Scarf Lower Band

Cast on 38 sts loosely

Row 1: (K1, P1) across.
Row 2: (P1, K1) across.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 once, then repeat Row 1 once more

Okay, I understand all that, and can even manage to do it. What I CANNOT manage is keeping track of what I've done! I know to use a row counter for rows, but when each row is different, that doesn't help. I ripped this stupid thing out FOUR times last night! As I type, I am now back at zero.

I guess the fact that it was 1:00 in the morning, and I was simultaneously watching tv, could have had something to do with it, though.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:31 AM   #2
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I take a piece of scrap paper and use symbols for each row I have finished. Plus sign for row A, check mark for row B, etc. That way, I can just look at my list if I get distracted. If I have to count rows, I make a check when I finish a row, and I find that more reliable than the row count gadget. Espec. since my DD likes to click the button on it.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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That sounds like a good idea, Sara.

I have another question, which may sound idiotic.

When I'm knitting one, purling one, and so forth....if I get distracted from my work for a moment, is there a way to tell which I've done by looking at the stitch? I realize I pull the yarn to the back for knitting, and to the front for purling, but sometimes I can't remember if I just pulled the yarn to the front to do a purl stitch, or if I just completed one and haven't yet pulled it to the back. Silly, I know, but my concentration skills these days are not the best. :( I'd like to be able to tell by looking what I've just done and what I need to do.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:44 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Rennagayle
That sounds like a good idea, Sara.

I have another question, which may sound idiotic.

When I'm knitting one, purling one, and so forth....if I get distracted from my work for a moment, is there a way to tell which I've done by looking at the stitch? I realize I pull the yarn to the back for knitting, and to the front for purling, but sometimes I can't remember if I just pulled the yarn to the front to do a purl stitch, or if I just completed one and haven't yet pulled it to the back. Silly, I know, but my concentration skills these days are not the best. :( I'd like to be able to tell by looking what I've just done and what I need to do.
This question is best answered with a visual aid. Check out Amy's Video on ribbing. She mentions your question in this video.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:07 AM   #5
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Thanks, ekgheiy! I'll do that. I don't think I've watched that one yet.
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:10 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Rennagayle
That sounds like a good idea, Sara.

I have another question, which may sound idiotic.

When I'm knitting one, purling one, and so forth....if I get distracted from my work for a moment, is there a way to tell which I've done by looking at the stitch? I realize I pull the yarn to the back for knitting, and to the front for purling, but sometimes I can't remember if I just pulled the yarn to the front to do a purl stitch, or if I just completed one and haven't yet pulled it to the back. Silly, I know, but my concentration skills these days are not the best. :( I'd like to be able to tell by looking what I've just done and what I need to do.
I run into this all the time.
I am knitting shawls with a k3, p3 pattern throughout.
I find it is sometimes easy enough just to count stitches on the needle to find out what is the next stitch.
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:17 AM   #7
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Thanks, loofnicnad. That sounds logical enough. :D
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:41 PM   #8
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another way to keep track of alternating rows is to use two different color needles... when the red needle is in my right have I know to start with a knit, if the gray needle is in my right hand I know to start with a purl... or whatever.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:54 PM   #9
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another way to keep track of alternating rows is to use two different color needles...
What a neat idea! :D
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:23 PM   #10
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Hilde, Your so darn smart!!!!!!! Thanks for the tip!

Rennagayle, I know what you are going through I have done the same thing... Keep :XX: you will get it


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