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We’ve had a lot of new friends join our community recently and that means we’ve had a lot of awesome new friends asking questions about our row counters.

I’ve been using them for YEARS and sometimes take for granted that you don’t all just live inside my brain where all the answers live. (I mean, that would be weird. Let’s not do that.)

So today I’m answering all the questions!
Because if one person was brave enough to ask I know that there are others who are wondering the same thing.

Q: How exactly do I use a row counter?

A: Simply replace any regular stitch marker with your chain counter and start knitting!

When you come back to the row counter, move it to the next loop in the chain as you naturally pass it from needle to needle.

Once you’ve worked all the way through the chain, use the attached melody clip to mark your 10s place (ie, the 1 in 10) and start the chain again!

Q: There are only 10 loops on the chain. What do I do when I need to count more than 10 rows?

A: Every row counter comes with a little melody clip attached to the 0 loop. When you have worked your way through the chain and need to start it over again at 1, it’s time to use the melody clip!

Move that little clip to the 1 loop to designate that you have now completed the chain one time. Since the chain is 10 rows long, it also marks the 10s place in your count (i.e., the 2 in 21). Repeat this every time you finish the chain, marking the 10s place and the number of times you have completed the chain.

When you need to know what row you’re on, you can just look at your counter.

If the clip is on the 2, and the chain is on your needles on the 3 loop, then you are on row 23!
Make sense?

Q: How do I use the row counter when I knit flat?

A: Our row counters are essentially a fancy stitch marker and can replace any regular stitch marker on your needles. I like to put mine at least two stitches in on the right side (or right after the edging stitches) when I’m knitting flat.

This means that you’ll move the counter to the next number at the beginning of right side rows and won’t move it again until almost the end of wrong side rows.

It still keeps a 100% accurate count, but some people really like the reassurance of being able to move their counter at the beginning of every row.

If that’s you, then our Odd / Even row counter sets are what you’re looking for!

We’ve divided the chain up into odd rows and even rows so that you can put one chain at each end of your work. Move the chain to the next number at the beginning of every row, and slip the chain at the end of the row without changing numbers (or if you like to move at the end, reverse that).

Q: Won’t my row counter get knitted into my work and get stuck as I knit?

A: Nope! Your row counter is just a fancy stitch marker and should float along your needles between stitches just like any other stitch marker. It shouldn’t ever become permanently attached to your knitting.

The chain is dangly, though, and if you let it hang with one half on each side of your work, it can become trapped under the working thread as it passes from stitch to stitch.

To prevent this, always make sure that both sides of the chain are on the OPPOSITE side of the work from your working yarn when you pass the chain from one needle to the other (in the front of the work when knitting and in the back of the work when purling).

Q: Wow, there are a lot of Row Counter options… What’s the difference them all? I’m so confused!!

A: I completely understand! It’s kind of a lot.

Here’s the rundown so you can keep everything straight.

Original Row Counter – Our all-purpose, works-for-everything chain row counter. This counts up to 110 rounds, rows, or pattern repeats. It works for flat knitting, circular knitting, and most other forms of knitting you can think of.

Circle Row Counter – Works exactly like our original chain counter. The only difference is that we have connected the 0 and 1 together so that the chain now hangs half as long from your needles. It also allows you to start on either the 0 or the 1 loop depending on which your brain likes best.

It is absolutely a matter of personal preference on whether you will like the circle counter or the original counter better. It’s totally up to you!

Odd / Even Row Counter Set – For flat knitting.

When knitting flat with an original or circle chain counter, you move the counter at the beginning of right side rows and not again until almost the end of wrong side rows.

Some people prefer to be able to move a counter at the beginning (or end) of every row, so we created the Odd / Even Counters just for you!

We have divided the original chain counter into an odd number half and an even number half. Just place one half near the beginning of your row and the other half near the end, allowing you to move a counter every row (and make your brain happy!)

Shortie Row Counters – These little guys are designed especially for patterns with short pattern repeats where you don’t need a full chain counter.

Each counter only has loops 1-5 and is half the length of our regular counters. Meaning that there is less to hang from your needles and less to potentially get in your way. 🥰

Increase / Decrease Counters – These are for those special circumstances where you need to work an increase or decrease every other row (such as sock toes, or sweater darts, or asymmetrical triangle shawls). Katie is convinced that they are going to change the world.

Slip it on your needle just before where you need to work your increase (or decrease) When you come to it, check what loop you’re on (I for increase, D for decrease, K for knit). That’s what you need to do this round. Slip the counter to the next loop and do the thing that you need to do (increase, decrease, or knit). This should make sure that you increase every other row, every single time. 😘

Whew! I think that’s everything.

Did I miss something? If you still have a question that I haven’t answered, just send an email! I’m always here to help. 🥰

Every few months, I ask the members of our Knit Club what knitting things they are dreaming of.

I do this because honestly, ya’ll are much smarter than I am. And I can’t tell you how often someone will ask for something and I will start using it and say, “Where has this been all my life?!”

This was absolutely the case for our Cable Locks.

One of our wonderful Knit Club members asked for point protectors that would ACTUALLY stay on the needles and do their job of keeping the stitches safe.

At the time I thought, “I don’t even use point protectors. Why not just pull your needles through to the cords and call it good?”

But I know that everyone knits differently and I always want to be able to provide tools that make EVERYONE’s knitting life easier. So, I started doing some experimenting and testing and released two new point protector options: Tip Ties and Cable Locks.

I patted myself on the back and thought, “Those are wonderful. They’ll be exactly what she needs.” Then I went about my business and never added them to my own knitting bag.

After all, I don’t use point protectors…

That is, I didn’t use point protectors until I cast on a shawl at Christmas time…

I knew this shawl was going to get bigger and bigger, so I planned ahead and used one of my longer circular needles. But this meant that I had a LOT of extra cord hanging around, and as I knit those long rows, those hundreds of stitches would relax themselves all down the cord.

I found myself CONSTANTLY having to scrunch them back up together, close to my left needle tip so that they were ready to be knitted.

I guess maybe I was a little rough about it because I began to notice that my yarn was catching just a touch on the join between the cord and the needle tip. No problem, I shoved the cord back in a little tighter and carried on.

But it kept happening (which was REALLY annoying) and in my irritation at having to scrunch the stitches again, I realized that each time I scrunched those stitches back up towards my needle, I was unconsciously yanking on the cord as I squished them up. That little yank was pulling the cord out of the tip just a tiny little bit causing a little drag on the stitches, and honestly, probably ruining my circular needle. 😬

That’s when I decided I needed a cable lock on my needle.

Not to keep the stitches on the needle (I had plenty of extra cord), but to help me keep them all so close to my needle so I could stop yanking on it. 😉

But of course, these little guys don’t just keep stitches close to the needle.

If you put one at each end, they also keep stitches from accidentally sliding off while sitting in your knitting bag.

Or, even act as stops if you need to steal the needle tips for another project.

Last time, these sold out in 24 hours! So grab a set of these versatile tools while you have the chance. 😉

Our bestselling simple removable stitch markers are now available in a rainbow of beautiful colors!

Whether you need a simple no-fuss locking stitch marker, or need a replacement melody clip for your row counter, we’ve got you covered!

Our melody clips are hand formed with care to make them smooth and snag free for the most enjoyable knitting or crocheting experience. Mark a stitch, use as a stitch holder for just a few stitches, mark your rows on your row counter, or simply put it on your needles to keep track in your pattern.

Melody clips are Dawn’s FAVORITE stitch marker’s for knitting lace since they can’t get accidentally knitted into your work while using a lifeline!

Finally, needle point protectors that won’t fall off!

These silicone mini tubes are the perfect little point protectors:
– Keeps stitches from accidentally slipping off in your knitting bag
– Protects needle tips from damage
– Protects you from accidental stabbings
– Keeps needles together and prevents mates from wondering off

Each set of our tip ties include:
– Six Tip Tie point protectors, two in each of three sizes
– Color coded for easy identification
– Teal – Medium (up to US8 needles)
– Purple – Large (up to US10.5)
– Pink – XL (up to US15)

Did you know we have four styles of row counters?

Two perfect for all your counting needs and two perfect for special situations.

That means you can choose the best counter for any project you can dream up!

Original Chain Counters:
– Great for any project
– Replace any regular stitch marker and just slip it to the next number when you come to it

Circle Counters:
– Perfect for any project but half the length of our original chain row counters
– Start on 0 or 1, whichever works best for you

Odd/even Counters:
– Designed especially for flat knitting
– Count your row at the beginning of the row, every row

Shortie Row Counters:
– Count up to five rows
– Great for those 4 row cable repeat projects

Grab one of each to be prepared for any counting situation!

One of the first things I did when we got all of the Everyday Merino colors in stock was to reach out to my designer friends and ask if they’d design some pretty things for us!

I knew that it was a long play because designing takes time, and I honestly didn’t think we would have any new designs for you when we launched the restock event, but Sarah is a magician or something because she whipped up a GORGEOUS hat pattern in Pine and Natural in a matter of weeks.

Like seriously, who can do that?!
(Thank you Sarah!!)

I am so incredibly proud to present you with the Snow Days Beanie by Sarah Gross!

This quick knit uses two colors of Everyday Merino yarn with plenty left over for another project (or a second hat!).

A sock sizing ruler slap bracelet!

Always knit the correct sock size, no matter who the recipient is.
– Works for both top down or toe up socks
– Place the ruler with the arrow snug into the heel (or toe) of your sock and knit until you reach the line for your desired size
– Then begin working your toe (or your heel)
– No math
– Just knit!

Large clip stitch markers perfect for crochet or knitting!
Made intentionally chunky for stiffer fingers.

Use it for:
– Clipping your loop row counter to your work
– Marking the beginning of your row
– Marking the positions for darts or increase / decrease lines
– Tracking your progress
– Keeping your working loop from unraveling when you step away
– Sliding onto knitting needles like a standard stitch marker
– As a zipper pull

The perfect row counter so you can just knit.

-More Uninterrupted Knitting Time: No need to take your hands off your needles to pick up a pen, click a clicker, or unlock your phone for the 400th time.
-More Confidence In Your Skills: Know exactly where you are in your pattern whether it’s been 5 minutes since you picked up your needles… or five years
-More Finished Projects: Spend less time re-counting and frogging and more time actually knitting.

1. Replace any regular stitch marker with your row counter and knit
2. When you come back to the row counter move it to the next number in the chain as you pass it from needle to needle
3. Once you have completed the chain (or completed a pattern repeat), move the melody clip to the next number to mark 10 rows completed (or one pattern repeat completed).
4. Keep On Knitting!