There are a number of methods for keeping track of rows and stitches. 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 complex pattern.

What are Row Counters?

To begin with, what are row counters? Assist to keep track of which row you’re on in a  pattern, row counters are comprised of devices that effectively prevent time-consuming mistakes.

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 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, just press the top button.
  2. Row Counter. Traditional row counter 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. Change the number on the dial after each row.
  3. 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.  These types have a strap to attach to your finger or thumb.