June 18th, 2013

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – How to Count Garter Stitch Rows

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Greta has a tip for us this week about counting your rows. Counting rows in stockinette stitch is pretty easy. You simply count each little “V” stitch you see. Counting garter stitch rows is trickier since we don’t have all those little V’s to count anymore; they’ve been replaced with wide bumps. The solution is simple! Each ridge counts as two rows. To keep track, put a locking stitch marker in the first ridge of your piece and that counts as your first 2 rows. Then you can count by two’s going up the piece where each garter ridge equals 2 rows. This is also good for projects that aren’t entirely in garter stitch because the stitch marker also marks which side is your “right side”. This makes it easier to keep track since the “right side” and “wrong side” of garter stitch are identical.

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Grace

Customer Service Liaison at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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  • Sally Anderson

    Isn’t the marker in this photo on the second row of garter bumps? I may have counted wrong all these years because I would have said that’s the second row not the first. I hope you can answer this!!

  • Chantal

    I would agree with you. Also looked at the picture wondering about the marker!!

  • yraddict

    and since these other 2 comments have been on here for a month…where are the answers to them…as I agree with their inquiry!

  • ADRIAN S

    When did posting a question entitle you to be demanding, catty, and rude? Use a search engine and figure it out. Knitting should be fun and anonymous trolls with no manners suck the fun right out. The blogger posted the information she wanted to share–take it, leave it, or keep on looking.