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.


I have wanted a macrame plant hanger for a long time and when I was given this beauty of a plant pot from some friends for my birthday, it seemed right to make something for it. 

I prefer things minimal so I went for a very simple knotted design using some neutral macrame rope and untreated wooden beads and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here's how to make it.

Button and Blue is Three | 5 reflections on running my own business this year

Button and Blue is now three and birthdays always put me in a reflective mood! So here are five little reflections of the last year.


The biggest change this year was adding a new little person into the mix. I started Button and Blue with a three and one year old and worked in their nap times and bed times. When my then youngest turned three and started pre-school, I finally had three days a week without any children at home to give to growing Button and Blue. And then one month into this new found freedom, we got pregnant.

How to Block Knitting

People often ask me how to make their finished knitting look neat and professional and I believe the answer is in blocking. Most knitting patterns say 'weave in the loose ends and block to measurements' but what is blocking and how do you block your knitting.