I love knitting garter stitch. ‘Garter stitch’ is what it’s called when you knit every row, turning your work after each row.
How do you count rows in garter stitch?
When I’m knitting in garter stitch, the pattern instructions usually say ‘knit 20 rows’ (or some other number), and I don’t want to use a row counter on each row. So, today, I’ll show you how to count the rows by looking at your work.
The important thing to know is that in garter stitch, 2 rows make one ridge. Check out this close up:
Do you see the orange? That’s 2 rows of garter stitch, or one ridge.
You might find it easier to count the ridges, because they stick out pretty well, and then multiply that number by 2 to get the number of rows.
This technique allows you to just keep knitting and count how many rows you’ve done at the end. No row counter, needed!
If you want to learn to count in other stitches, check out this great post by Lion Brand.