How to Keep Track of Rows in Patterns

How to Keep Track of Rows in Patterns

a knitting and crochet tip from Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Sometimes knitting and crochet patterns can be hard to keep track of. There are a few ways to make sure you are counting rows correctly, but I think this paperclip tip is the best trick I’ve found.Counting rows in knitting and crochet patterns, row counter or paperclip, tip from PurlsAndPixels

Row Counters

You could keep track of your rows with a row counter. With these little boxes, you click a button and the number on the counter increases by one. These are a nice way to keep track of your rows.


Instead of using a row counter, you can try keeping track of your rows with a paperclip. An up-cycled baby food jar is a great place to keep paperclips, from Liz @PurlsAndPixelsI prefer the paperclip method because it is a lot easier to find another paperclip if you lose one. I keep an up-cycled baby food jar full of paperclips on my office desk at all times. To get another row counter, I’d have to go to the craft store or order it on Amazon.

To keep track of your rows as you work on a knitted or crochet project, print out the pattern you are using, and grab a paperclip. Place your paperclip on the side of the pattern paper so that it points to the row you are working on. Move it down as you finish every row.

Some patterns don’t list the individual rows. To solve this problem, write out the numbers for each row in the margins of the pattern. You can now use your paperclip to help you with counting rows; just place it on 1 and slide it along as you change to the next row.

Knitting & crochet trick, keep track of pattern rows with a paperclip, tip from PurlsandPixels

I hope this hack for following knitting and crochet patterns helps you with counting rows. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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