How to Count Rows of Knitting

How to Count Rows of Knitting

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Tutorial Overview

In this video we'll show you how to count rows in garter stitch, stocking stitch and moss stitch.


Step-by-step guide

Garter Stitch:

  • Garter Stitch produces a series of wave-like ridges.
  • To count how many rows of knit stitches you’ve worked, you'll count the ridges on both sides of your work and add them together.
  • Your cast on row doesn't count as a row of knitting!

Stocking Stitch:

  • When working in stocking stitch you'll see rows and columns of V's on the right side of your work.
  • To count how many rows of knit and purl stitches you’ve done, you'll count all the V’s in one column.
  • There's no need to count the wrong side too. Since our purl stitches show as V's from the right side, these are already included in our row count.

Moss Stitch:

  • When working in moss stitch you'll alternate between knit and purl stitches in each row, and from row to row.
  • You'll have 2 options for counting the rows in moss stitch:
    • You can either choose one column and count one 'V', then one bump, then the next 'V', and so on, all the way to the end of the column.
    • Alternatively you might find it easier to count just the bumps of the purl stitches, and count these as they travel up along your project over 2 columns of stitches. Be careful not to miss the first or last row when using this method.


Remember not to count the loops sitting on your knitting needle! These do not count as a finished row just yet.


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