Which Row Am I? Reading Your Knitting
Are you one of the knitters who use row counters when working lace stitch patterns? I have to admit row counters might be a handy tool actually, but I only own one (in theory) and can never find it when I need one (in practice). So when it comes to lace knitting, I’m relying on reading my knitting to find out which row I am – especially after picking up knitting after a break and having lost track of the actual row.
This post is part of the Complete Guide to Lace Knitting.
The easiest way of reading your knitting is to use yarn overs (YO) as landmarks.
Let’s look at the following example chart: it’s a chart for the lower part of a triangle shawl worked bottom up featuring a small strawberries lace stitch pattern.
Dark grey squares represent no stitches, whites are knit, circles yarn overs, the slash and backslashes are k2tog (ssk) and the three legged triangle is a central double decrease stitches. (The chart is from the Marlene pattern.)
The positions of the yarn overs (the circles in the chart) can be used as landmarks by comparing their positions in the chart versus the appearance in your actual knitting: the white arrow in the picture below marks the top left yarn over in row 6, column 17 of the chart.
Using the stitches between two yarn overs as orientation points works as well. In the picture below, the two arrows point to stitches between two yarn overs: the lower one pointing to one stitch in between, the upper on towards three stitches.
So which row are we on in the picture above? Try to find out and tell us your answer in a comment below!
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Finished row 7. Only one pattern done.
Looking at both images, the first arrow is pointing to row 4, column 16 and the second arrow is pointing to row 5, column 17. When looking at the image with two arrows and the strawberry stitches the 6 row has not been knitted.
Finished 11 ready for 12.
It looks like you’re working on Row 10. You’re about to work a yo and a CDD on your way across the row.
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Just finished row 11….ready for WS row 12.
row 10 or row 14. there is at least a few more stichtes on the needle, row, so it can’t be row 6
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