Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-14-2008, 11:15 AM   #1
IM4EVERGOOD2U
Ribbing the Cuff
 
IM4EVERGOOD2U's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: NEW JERSEY
Posts: 78
Thanks: 29
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Row Counters???
What do you guys use to keep track of the rows you knit? Is there one you would suggest over another? I currently have a tiny little counter that i twist every time I finish a row. I'm not a fan of it. Now that i am working on a pattern that requires me keeping track it seems to be more of a hassle than its worth.

Is it just me? Am I being silly?

Thanks!
IM4EVERGOOD2U is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 11-14-2008, 11:20 AM   #2
Knitting_Guy
Grafting the Toe
 
Knitting_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Following the white rabbit
Posts: 4,992
Thanks: 2,318
Thanked 1,130 Times in 832 Posts
I have a couple of those barrel counters and like you find them to be a pain.

I picked up a Clover counter and really like it. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby. You can see it on this page http://www.yarn-store.com/row-counters.html

It's the red one at bottom left.
__________________
Mason

What do you mean guys don't knit?

Linux: because a PC is a terrible thing to waste.

Perfection is overrated. Knitting is meant to relieve stress, not cause it. Relax and enjoy it.

My boring blog http://masonm.joeuser.com

My knitting blog
http://knittingguy.blogspot.com/

My New Home Page (work in progress)
http://www.gpstrucker.000hosted.com

Knitting_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 11:34 AM   #3
Crycket
Working the Gusset
 
Crycket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kitchener, ON - Canada
Posts: 1,675
Thanks: 273
Thanked 307 Times in 251 Posts
Send a message via Skype™ to Crycket
I just take one of those little fat notebooks, and write out my rows...then when there is a variation, I use different symbols to highlight certain rows, like I will usually circle decreasing rows etc...

I used to just use little scraps of paper, but I got tired of trying to find them, or having little loose scraps floating around...

I like this better than a row counter because I can see my special notes on it...I know myself, and if I was doing things with a stitch counter, I would likely miss the rows I needed to do things too...*smiles*
__________________
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!


Growing old is mandatory, growing UP is optional!
Crycket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 12:07 PM   #4
Mystery_Gyrl
Turning the Heel
 
Mystery_Gyrl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 668
Thanks: 46
Thanked 353 Times in 306 Posts
I'm rather low tech, like Crycket. I use paper and pencil and if have decreases, increases, cable crosses, etc. I can make a notation of where it should occur. I like knowing where things should happen that way I know if I'm on track.
Katrina
__________________
Judge: Madame, either you will have to cease knitting or I will have to cease judging. Which shall it be?

Miss Marple: It helps me to concentrate, milord.

Judge: It does not help me, madame.

Miss Marple: Oh. Very well. (puts away knitting)

Judge: Thank you, Madame.


The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer - The Parliament of Fowls Line 1.
Mystery_Gyrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 12:12 PM   #5
kellybigeyes
Knitting the Flap
 
kellybigeyes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 428
Thanks: 466
Thanked 247 Times in 192 Posts
If you look again at the link that Knitting Guy posted... I have the Green one from Clover (that looks like a little frog). It is great!! It has a lock on it (which I don't think the red one has) that I love. I can just throw it in my knitting bag and I dont have to worry about the numbers getting changed. I also used a pad and pencil like some of the others have mentioned. But I LOVE my green clover counter. It's great!!
__________________
Kelly


I am also kellybigeyes at http://www.ravelry.com/
kellybigeyes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 12:21 PM   #6
Knitting_Guy
Grafting the Toe
 
Knitting_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Following the white rabbit
Posts: 4,992
Thanks: 2,318
Thanked 1,130 Times in 832 Posts
No the red one has no lock. That's the one thing I do not like about it. I keep a small notepad in my knitting pack and make a note of the reading on the counter prior to tossing it in the pack, just in case.

So far I've never had it accidentally change in the pack, but it could happen. A lock is a great idea.
__________________
Mason

What do you mean guys don't knit?

Linux: because a PC is a terrible thing to waste.

Perfection is overrated. Knitting is meant to relieve stress, not cause it. Relax and enjoy it.

My boring blog http://masonm.joeuser.com

My knitting blog
http://knittingguy.blogspot.com/

My New Home Page (work in progress)
http://www.gpstrucker.000hosted.com

Knitting_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 12:29 PM   #7
IM4EVERGOOD2U
Ribbing the Cuff
 
IM4EVERGOOD2U's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: NEW JERSEY
Posts: 78
Thanks: 29
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanks guys,

Looks like I am getting a new counter and a little notepad. Lets see which will work better for me.

Thanks again!!
IM4EVERGOOD2U is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 12:49 PM   #8
KnittinMitchie
Working the Gusset
 
KnittinMitchie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Abilene, TX
Posts: 1,052
Thanks: 159
Thanked 404 Times in 301 Posts
Send a message via AIM to KnittinMitchie Send a message via MSN to KnittinMitchie Send a message via Yahoo to KnittinMitchie Send a message via Skype™ to KnittinMitchie
I have learned how to count the rows and dont use a row counter. I do keep a pencil in with my knitting stuff and if need be I write what row I'm on on the pattern so I can remember.

Most of the stuff I've been knitting lately has been in inches so I havent had to get out my row counters.
__________________
Christine
"I'm not addicted to yarn....It just follows me home."
Come check out My online knitting & crochet classes
Share your Photos of Austin the Bear



Ravelry as KnittinMitchie


KnittinMitchie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 02:45 PM   #9
janettle
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 87
Thanks: 32
Thanked 59 Times in 22 Posts
When I'm doing something that requires row counting, I usually make tick marks on a piece of paper. But then I get into the zen of it all, wonder if I remembered to make a tick mark on the last row, and end up counting the vertical stitches anyway.
janettle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2008, 03:00 PM   #10
RuthieinMaryland
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland - GREAT steamed crab country! :o)
Posts: 624
Thanks: 1,420
Thanked 474 Times in 234 Posts
Coins...
Hi!

Before I got my one-handed clicker-type little red row counter, I used coins!

I usually work at one end of our sofa and I have a little tray next to me. I'd put out some pennies on the tray and then move one over to the other side as I finished the row.

If you've got to count rows AND stitches, you could use nickels for one and pennies for the other.

And save your quarters for buying more yarn!

Hope this helps.

Happy knitting!

Ruthie
RuthieinMaryland is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
row counters outdoordrea General Knitting 4 01-17-2009 05:10 PM
I made some row counters momwolf General Knitting 19 01-14-2009 02:03 PM
how do use those row counters? kelmommy How-to Questions 39 07-22-2005 01:05 PM
Row counters... KellyK General Knitting 21 06-30-2005 12:50 PM
Row counters for circs? Nuno930 General Knitting 9 06-23-2005 01:38 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:50 AM.