Friday 30 August 2019

Counting Rows in Fisherman's Rib

The pattern that I am writing for a baby cardigan calls for counting rows.  There is no need to use a row counter, which I have never managed to use anyway because I always forget to wind to the next number.  It is easier just to look at the knitting and count the rows.

You can easily keep track of how many rows you have knitted in fisherman's rib by turning the work over and looking at the back.  Because every purl stitch on a right side row is slipped, on the back it shows up as a large V because it covers two rows.  On this picture I have used knitting needles to mark the first V above the plain rib at the bottom, and the tenth V.

On this picture I have used safety pins to mark every tenth V.  As the knitting grew, I put in a pin on every tenth V to make sure I didn't get carried away and knit the piece too long.  Here you can see at a glance that there are 31 big Vs, which equals 62 rows.


  1. Oh, I like this method of keeping track! Thank you. Have a great holiday weekend! Jan in MA

    1. Thanks Janice! Quilt pins come in handy for all sorts of things, don't they?



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