How To Count Crochet Rows

We’ve all been there, right? You’ve found that comfy spot on the couch, nestled in, and started crocheting. Maybe you’ve turned the radio on and your favorite song comes on.

Maybe that really good twist in the movie you’re watching (or listening to) has caught your attention. Maybe the kids have started arguing and you’ve had to go break it up.

How To Count Crochet Rows

But either way, you’ve got distracted. You return your attention back to the crocheting and think: 

Oh no! What row am I on now? 

It’s one of the great perils of crocheting, losing track of your rows. But don’t worry it doesn’t need to be anywhere near as devastating as it may seem. There are actually loads of easy tips and tricks to count your crochet rows and get yourself right back on track. 

And that’s exactly what this article is all about. We’re going to take a look at some of the easiest ways that you can count your crochet rows! So, let’s get started. 

Keeping Track Of Rows 

Now, I will mention finger counters because some people really get on with them. Me? Not so much. Yes, they do a lot of the hard work for you, but I find them just a bit too bulky and awkward, it’s like it’s always in my way. 

However, some people swear by them, so they are worth checking out to see if they’re something you’d enjoy. They essentially sit on your finger and count the rows for you, or you can press the button after each row manually so that it keeps track. 

If you’re as absent-minded as me though, you’ll just end up forgetting to press the button and then you’ll have to go back and manually count anyway. This is why learning the best ways to count rows yourself is pretty important.

Luckily, I’ve got seven easy tips and tricks to make manual counting a breeze. 

7 Tips & Tricks To Counting Rows

1. The Larger The Stitch – The Easier The Count

You’ll tend to find that the stitches will get taller as you go along, so single, half-doubel, double, treble etc. So naturally, each row should be a little taller too. When stitches are taller that just that bit more defined and pronounced.

So when it comes to counting make sure you’re taking a good look at your rows. This won’t change the way that you count, you’ll just notice that counting becomes a lot easier as the stitches get bigger. 

2. Start From The Bottom 

It is much easier to count your rows from the bottom up than it is from the top down. However, it is important to remember that the very first row, or beginning chain as it is known, does not count as a row. 

3. Look For The Holes 

Each time a new stitch is made, you’ll create a tiny little hole, so when you’ve finished a row, you’ll have an entire row of these little holes. You can count each horizontal strip of holes as one row. 

This is way easier to see when you place a straight edge against the rows. I tend to use a stretched out peice of yarn to do this. Because let’s face it, we’ve always got yarn lying around. 

4. Look For Ridges 

Whenever you crochet in rows, you’ll always create these little ridges. Each ridge is equivalent to two rows. One worked to the left, the other to the right. 

If you don’t turn at the end of your row because it’s worked in rounds like you would for projects such as beanies, then you’ll see a ridge for every row. 

Counting ridges is my favorite method as I find it by far the easiest and quickest way to count. 

How To Count Crochet Rows

5. Look For The Tail

When crocheting it’s pretty much standard practice to make a lsip not for your beginning chain, right? And that leaves a little tail at the end. By the time you have crocheted your beginning chain and row one your tail should be on the left hand side. Providing your right handed. 

You can use this to help determine what row you’re on. So, if you’re at the stage where you’re unsure if you’re on row 16 or 17, there’s no need to even count!

Look for the tail, if it’s on the left hand side, it’s row 17 because the tail will always be to the left for odd numbers. For evens, it’ll always be on the right. 

Now, this won’t help you if you’ve totally forgotten where you were, but if you’re stuck between two numbers, it’ll save you a great deal of effort. 

This is the case unless you use a foundation row to begin and then left will be even and right will be odd. 

6. Use A Stitch Marker 

One option that can make counting so much easier is to use a stitch marker. So, what you’ll do is every 10 rows, or ever 20, you’ll place a stitch marker down.

Obviously, you can still loose track when doing this but if you’ve got a 20-stitch marker and lose track at stitch 29 at least you’ve only got 9 rows to go back and count as opposed to starting all the way back at the beginning. 

7. Stick To The Side 

For non-traditional stitch sets, then paying closer attention to the outer most stitches is your best bet. Providing that you keep your crocheting consistent in terms of direction, each of your row ends will look the exact same.

You can use the ridges and holes to find the patterns of their placement, and thus make your job of counting the rows a whole lot simpler. 

Final Thoughts

Counting rows, especially when your deep into a crocheting project is no ones favorite job, so don’t worry we’re all in the same row-counting-hating boat.

However, if you implement these tips and tricks, you’ll start to find that row-counting can actually be a breeze. 

Nancy Adriane
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