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Row Counter


This handy counter will help you through any garment, whether an entire sweater or a pair of socks. It’s great for Fair Isle, because you can count pattern rows, or simply ribbing rows. Use with circular, double-pointed or straight needles up to size 15.

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5 out of 5 stars

I admit that I Am more of a review-user than contributor, but had to chime in because I find the other reviews arguing about number direction frustrating and misleading. The barrel spins freely on the post, so you can orient the numbers in either direction (with the 10 space closest or farthest from the needle) depending on your preference. I already have one of these counters; I’m working on a fisherman’s sweater that has a repeating pattern on the back and a separate front pattern and thought a second would be handy. As I came back to order more, I noticed the absurdly low review ratings for a counter that works perfectly fine. The dials are nice and stiff, so I don’t worry that they will turn accidentally. I only use this style that rides along with the work; finger counters are too easy to forget to click, but this style is easy to remember to increase as I have to pass it from one needle to the other. As to the durability, I have only used it a few times, but at the low price I wouldn’t mind buying a new one for every project.

1 out of 5 stars

I just saw Karen's review indicating that her KP row counter does have the tens nearest the needle (i.e., if her counter reads 45, the 4 is next to the loop). Sadly, none of my many many KP row counters are oriented the way Karen's are (i.e., when I turn my counter to 45 the 5 is next to the loop) which would mean there is inconsistency in the manufacture and I've lowered my review from 4 to 1 star to account for that. Perhaps different countries get different orientations? Or perhaps Karen based her comment solely on the photo above and didn't actually check any of her counters. Too bad we can't upload photos.

2 out of 5 stars

Purchased this to use when knitting with circular needles since it would slide easily from one needle to the other as I worked in the round. Found it to turn very hard and number order was backwards for my preference. Also, after less than 2 months of use the hanging loop broke off the counter, rendering it useless. May try the counter rings worn on the finger instead.

2 out of 5 stars

I thought this would be handier than the similar version that slides directly onto the needle. I soon discovered the ring snaps off very quickly, leaving no way to carry it along the work (too small to fit most needles). Still prefer the barrel version on the needle. Also, it has never occurred to me to orient the wheels toward or away from the work. If I can't keep track of the direction I just put an ink mark on the one's end. Who knew?

3 out of 5 stars

re: Robin's review, nooo, you can tell by the "hook" at the top of the 1 that the pic shows 91, not 16, meaning that the tens are closest to the needle (i.e. tens of rows) and the ones are furthest from the needle - just as Robin says she prefers, and so do I. My old ones don't hang from the needle as this one does, a handy feature. It is cheaply made, but serviceable.

3 out of 5 stars

Does the job but doesn't rotate as smoothly as I would like. I don't find it necessary to spend more for a row counter.

4 out of 5 stars

I use (and lose) a ton of row counters so I appreciate the low cost of these. Something I wanted to know before buying my first one was how the numbers were oriented. The photo looks like the number is 91 with the ones farthest from your needle -- which is the direction I prefer. However, it is actually 16 because the tens are furthest from the needle and the ones are next to your needle. A small quibble but thought other people might like to know.

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful row counters. So easy to have them where they can slip over the needle, with the stitches, and move along from row to row just as the stitches do. No need to go hunting for where you laid it down, or needing a pad and pencil to keep count of your rows. A must have for most any knitting project where you need to keep count.