# How do you count knitting lines?

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## When counting knitting rows do you count the stitches on the needle?

Weird subtlety/controversy #1: If you’re counting rows in a fabric that’s on the needle, in a WIP, don’t count the stitches that are on the needle. Actually, what you shouldn’t be counting is the “row” formed by the cast on. The cast on doesn’t count as a row.

## Is cast on Considered row 1?

The cast on itself is not counted, however, some cast on methods create both a cast on and a knitted row. For example, the most popular cast on, the long tail method, creates both a cast on and a knitted row. So in this case, you would count that as the first row.

## How do I count garter stitch rows?

Count rows in Garter Stitch

To count your rows on a piece of garter stitch, you need to count the horizontal ridges, on the right side of the work, not including the cast on row. Once you’ve figured out how many ridges you have, you want to multiply that number by two, as each ridge is equal to two rows of knitting.

## What is garter ridges in knitting?

When you look at Garter Stitch fabric you see interconnecting ridges of stitches — one at the top, the next at the bottom and so on along the ridge. Each “ridge” is actually two rows of knitting. So, for example, in the Garter Stitch sample pictured, there are four ridges of yellow, which is eight rows of knitting.

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## What is a garter knit stitch?

Garter stitch is the first stitch you’ll learn when you’re starting out with knitting. When knit flat it consists solely of the knit stitch. Garter stitch lies flat and is totally reversible, meaning that both sides look the same. The resulting fabric is very stretchy both length-wise and width-wise.

## How do you keep track of knitting and purl rows?

The only way I can think of to keep track is to know what your knit stitch and purl stitch look like when they’re on the needle. Otherwise, you can put stitch markers every 10 stitches or so. If you lose count, just count out the pattern from the marker (starting with purl or knit depending on which side).

## Do you have to count while knitting?

Any well-written knitting pattern should give you stitch counts for each row or round. In other words, it should tell you how many stitches you should have on the needle after working each row or round.

## Do you count the first stitch in knitting?

CO 12 sts. That means that you will first make a slip knot on one needle, then cast on 11 more stitches on the same needle. In knitting, the slip knot always counts as a stitch. If you are a crocheter, be sure to remember this, as in crochet, the slip knot never counts as a stitch.

## How do you read knitting stitches?

Counting horizontally, V next to V, tells you how many stitches you’ve worked. Counting vertically, row of Vs by row of Vs, tells you how many rows you’ve worked. (Replace “Vs” with bumps if you’re working in reverse stockinette.)

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