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4 Different Types of Row Counters and How to Use Them

Posted by Claire W on

Balls of yarn with knitting needles

It’s important to be aware where you’re at in any knitting pattern, isn’t it? For crochet lovers and knitters, a simple pencil mark can sometimes do the trick. But row counters or stitch counters are probably among the most useful tools to invest in. They’re proof that it’s the little things which can significantly make knitting less time-consuming and more enjoyable.

If you are yet to buy a row counter, the options vary in the market. You can choose row counters that slip on the needle’s end, or the ones that work digitally. There are DIY row counters as well. But whether you’re using a digital row counter or the more traditional kind, it keeps you from losing your spot one more time. It saves you the trouble of having to count rows whenever you’re increasing, decreasing and working a cable pattern.

This article is most helpful to those who are looking to learn about counting in crochet. Or if you keep losing your place, a stitch counter will transform your knitting experience.

What are Row Counters?

To begin with, what are row counters? As the ones helping to keep track of which row you’re on in a particular knitting pattern, row counters are comprised of devices that effectively prevent time-consuming mistakes. Upon completing a row, the knitter ticks off a mark on her counter, making it a reference point that marks where she’s on.

But not all row counters are created equal. If you keep forgetting to turn or click a row counter, you may opt for the digital type. Fortunately, there are four types of row counters to choose from.

The Different Types of Row Counters

There are different types of tools that help count rows in knitting, and you may choose which one suits your needs the best.

  1. Wearable Stitch Counter. This plastic clicker, similar to the kacha counter, is a practical way to count knitting rows. Easy to carry and use, it features a lock and a cord you can pass through the hole in order to wear the counter around your neck. Just like a necklace! It doesn’t hurt that it looks cute too!
    Picture of the Wearable Stitch Counter
    How to use the Wearable Stitch Counter: To count knitted loops and rows, just press the top button, which keeps track which row you’ve knitted. A no-brainer!
  2. Row Counter. The 2PCS Row Counter pack is another way to easily keep track of rows, pattern counts and stitches. With numbers that are easy to read, these babies slip onto needles. Aside from rows, they’re also handy if you’re working on pattern details like cable panels.
    Picture of 4 Row Counters

    How to use the Row Counter: All you have to do is slip them onto your needle. The number dial changes after each row. Many patterns require an accurate tracking of the number of rows you’ve knitted, and this Row Counter set provides an accurate count.

  3. Handheld Tally Counter. Able to get you through any knitting project, the Handheld Tally Counter is used not just by knitting enthusiasts, but also by schools, casinos, and restaurants, among others. Fully mechanical, it also lets you press a button to start counting. It’s known for its 100% accuracy.
    Picture of a Handheld Tally Counter

    How to use the Handheld Tally Counter: Click on the metal tab on top to begin counting. Manually reset by turning the knob on the side. It counts up to 9999, and doesn’t require a battery to operate. The Handheld Tally Counter also features a giant ring that feel comfortable to the hands, and a secure grip.

  4. Electronic Row Counter. Counting rows couldn’t get easier with a LED-powered digital row counter. When it’s not helping you keep track of the rows you’ve worked on, the screen automatically goes on Power-Saving Mode. Its small and convenient size has made it a very popular choice.
    Picture of 4 Electronic Row Counters

    How to use the Electronic Row Counter: Push the large silver button to accurately count the rows you’ve done. Its power-saving feature allows the screen to go blank when not in use, but as soon as you push the silver button again, you can easily pick up where you left off. Smooth, right? It also has a wide finger grip to secure the counter quite well.

However, to start knitting, you arguably need only needles, yarn, and a pair of scissors. You can surely live without row counters, but if you enjoy trying the latest knitting tools and gadgets, it helps to add a row counter to your knitting arsenal. They’re nice to have if you come across a complicated project that requires a new technique.

So if you’re tired of losing your stitch count mid-row again, choose from any row counters above and they’d keep track of the stitches for you. You’d have more time to find more pleasure in knitting. Good luck!


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3 comments

  • Thank you. That really helps.

    Anne Marie Barletta on
  • Thank you for your suggestion! We have included pictures of the various counters.

    Claire W on
  • This would have been a good article if you included pictures of each type of counter.

    Anne Marie Barletta on

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