How To Count Rows in Garter and Stocking Stitch

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I recently asked my lovely subscribers what sort of issues they were struggling with in their knitting.

One of the big pain points for a lot of people seems to be figuring out how to count rows when knitting.

So, today I'm going to show you how to do just that!

Count rows in Garter Stitch


To count your rows on a piece of garter stitch, you need to count the horizontal ridges, on the right side of the work, not including the cast on row.

Once you've figured out how many ridges you have, you want to multiply that number by two, as each ridge is equal to two rows of knitting. With this in mind, if there is a whole ridge (i.e. it has a top and a bottom) directly beneath the knitting needle (as pictured below), you would count the row on the needles as a half of a ridge. So, in this example, we have 6 whole ridges, plus the stitch on the needle which we count as half a ridge, which make 6.5 ridges.

6.5 x 2 = 13 rows


Another method is to count the ridges on both sides - not including the cast on row - and add them together.

 Pro Tip:


If you have a large number of rows to track you can use a clip-on stitch marker. Once you've completed a certain number of rows you can clip on your marker and count your rows from there as opposed to the very start of the piece.

Another method to track and count your rows as you go is this trick I picked up when browsing Pinterest recently. You weave a strand of yarn through your knitting as you go so you can easily count your rows at the end. Check out the tutorial here!

Count rows in Stocking Stitch


I personally find stocking stitch far simpler to track than garter stitch.

In order to count your rows in stocking stitch, you just need to count the "V's" in the column with the right side facing you.

As you can see, each V is equivalent to one row. You also need to count the stitch that is currently on the needle as one whole row.

You can use both the stitch marker technique and the scrap yarn technique with stocking stitch to help you track those rows as well.

So, I hope this has helped you figure out how many rows you've currently knitted and keeps you on track in the future. If you have any questions let me know and I'll do my best to help!

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