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Old 11-06-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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How many of you ACTUALLY use a row counter?
There's gotta be a better way....

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Old 11-06-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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*sigh* i have a bunch of them but rarely use them because i always forget to turn it. i always end up counting my rows anyway because i don't trust myself to have remembered to the counter on every row.
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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I don't use one. I could never remember if I turned it or not. I never had an electric one, because I think I'd have the same problem.

If it is imperative that I have the exact number of rows, I usually mark them on a paper. More likely, if I have to do 6 rows, I will right a 1-6 on a paper and mark them off as I go.

At this point, though, I can usually tell what's been done. I usually just write down rows if the stitch pattern is complex--makes it harder to count rows by just looking at them.
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:17 AM   #4
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I've got one that i'm using right now. It's one of those cheap-y, turn-y ones that sits on my needle.

In the past i've never used them before because i forgot to turn them or got irritated with them on my needle, but i'm currently working on the DNA scarf and it's proving itself to be invaluable! The pattern is rather complex and changes every row so if i didn't have it i'd be sunk.

I kinda forced myself to use it for this project but i'm glad i did!

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Old 11-06-2005, 11:30 AM   #5
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I use one of those peg style ones on everything that is a bit complicated! I love it!
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:36 AM   #6
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I used the one I have a lot when I began knitting(if I remember correctly it was with the lot of needles I got from my grandaunt).
But after some mess like "Have I turned the wheel?" and "Darn, I think I turned it twice!", I now use a pen and paper. Yes, you can still forget to use that, but somehow I don't. Plus I have my own way of marking decreases and increases. That way I can check if I already did that 6 decrease rows. For example when I make sleeves for a sweater I not only write down the rows(btw. I make a line for a row) I also mark the decrease rows and so I can make the second sleeve identical.
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:38 AM   #7
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Well it's all complicated to me right now.

I started a new scarf - a ridged garter stitch that involves a few rows of knitting, then a few rows of stockinette - but at not so regular intervals. I still can't count garter stitch rows very well either, so this mix of stitches is making my teeth itch.

But the very idea of stopping after each row *tick* to move the little dial...I just know me - It's likely not going to get remembered.

So far I've done it on paper too, Ingy.

I wonder if writing the pattern out in a repeat for the number of times it's supposed to happen begs the question WHY one just wouldn't use a counter if you're gonna take all that time to do something to keep track...

The pattern (don't LAUGH! It's complicated to ME! I'm still a noob! ) is:

K --> 1, 3, 5-11, 13, 15 & 16
P --> 2, 4, 12, 14

Repeat 17 times.
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:39 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Carol_OH
I use one of those peg style ones on everything that is a bit complicated! I love it!
Peg style? What's that?
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I think for me the act of marking something with a pen takes more action than turning the knob. Somehow it gets into my conscious mind more or something.

for your pattern I'd probably make a little list that said

K, P, K, P, K, K, K, K, K, K, K, P, K, P, K, K and mark off each row as I went.

Another way to help keep track is to remember that the right side is usually an odd number row and the wrong is even.
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:45 AM   #10
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I use my "I don't know what I did without it...oh yeah, SCREW up electronic row counter" that I got from knitpicks....I don't think that's the exact name, but it should be
I use it ALL OF THE TIME!!!!
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