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« on: June 10, 2007 06:31:18 AM »

I've never used stitch markers before and I think I need to start because I am doing a zig zag type scarf where in one row I inc and dec and then for two rows I knit but I don't know how to tell, if I've stopped working for a bit, if I left off on a regular knit row or the inc dec row.  I have some round stitch markers (they dont open or anything) and for  the life of me I cant figure out how the heck to use them!  Please help me!

« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2007 07:12:46 AM »

I think stitch markers really will not help you here, they are more for slipping onto your needle to mark a spot in your knitting (like before an increase or to mark shaping spots). You just put them on the needle between your stitches, slip them when you come to them.  I think what would help you more is to slip a safety pin into the decreased (or increased) stitch on each row. Move it up each time you knit a new decrease row. This way you will always be able to look at your work and see your last decrease row. 

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2007 07:15:43 AM »

Thanks, that was quite helpful :-D

« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2007 09:01:59 AM »

What you need is a way to count rows. There are several alternatives discussed on this thread

Turtlegirl's Row Counter is cool. I made one and love it. Before I made one like Turtlegirl's I just took a length of yarn, folded it in half, and tied knots about every inch or so - it makes a cheap, quick version but the weight of the beads on Turtlegirl's really helps.

This thread is all about row counter bracelets and I think it has some links to how-to's.

If you go to the Favorite Tips thread and do a search for [count] you will find lots of tips. Make sure you Limit the search: current topic or you will be reading for days  Cheesy.

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