How to Count Stitches and Rows in Knitting
A knitting pattern will often require you to count stitches and rows. This is especially useful for checking your tension but also for a number of other reasons. For example, you could need to count a number of stitches so you can work a decrease in the right place, or knit a certain number of rows before you place a thumb. Here's how to count stitches and rows correctly.
HOW TO COUNT STITCHES
Each stitch resembles a little V. To count stitches, count the number of V's horizontally. Here there are 5.5 stitches in one inch.
HOW TO COUNT ROWS
To count the number of rows in your knitting, count the stitches (the V's) vertically, including the loop over the needle. I've only highlighted five rows, but if you wanted to count the total number of rows you have worked, continue counting vertically down the column of stitches.
Images taken while making a Roll Up Beanie, a four in one pattern for a classic beanie with a roll-up rim for 0 - 3 year olds.
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