I was in Maine over Memorial Day weekend for my cousin’s wedding. It was lovely and I’ll probably discuss more in a later entry. Since I had a few moments to spare I wanted to get this out into the pipeline.
Ocassionaly I get knitting questions from readers or random passers-by and a few weeks (maybe more sorry) I received a lovely question from someone in response to my sad cry for topic help a few weeks back.
Before I go on to the question I need to state for various legal reasons…I am not an expert knitter (nor am I doctor in case it comes up). This September I will have been knitting for three years. I do admit to being obsessive over the topic, but I am not someone who should be saying anything as knitting law where cherubs play harps and I wear a halo as the knitting goddess I know I truly am deep down inside.
But I do love this question and thought that I would ask all my lovely readers (and you are lovely each and every one of you…except the person in the back, yes you) to participage in the comments with your answer! Oh it will be so much fun and my inner attention-wh0re diva will feel happy to get comments. We all win in the end.
So, the question: (summed up because I can) How do I track rows in a pattern?
My answer: When I first began knitting, I kept a pad of paper and pencil with me and every time I finished a row, I’d mark it down. This worked quite well but obviously there were flaws with the process. For one, I could lose the pad of paper and then where would I be? Probably crying in the dark on my bed screaming woe is me.
Now I use one of the nifty row counters. If I’m working on a circular piece I tie crochet thread round it and make a loop to go over the needle. Then I use that as a start of the row. That way, I see it every time. Straight needles it just goes on normally. This works so long as I remember to track my rows. That is, finish a row and then remember to change that number EVERY TIME.
Fortunatly, I’ve sort of developed the ability to read my knitting. It’s far from perfect as I can’t always count rows right or I think the stitch is regular when it is actually k2tog, but it’s good enough for now to get by. If I question what the rowcounter says, I can take a look at my knitting and make sure I’m about where I think I should be. Again not fool proof, but it works for me.
So readers? How do you track your rows?