You might have noticed that I am an overly precise knitter. When I’m working from a pattern, I’d much prefer to count rows than fiddle with a measuring tape. When I measure my knitting, I can’t help but wonder if my working gauge is really the same as my blocked gauge, even if sections I check indicate it is, or if I stretched my knitting too much when I smooth it out. I just end up worrying about it, and I don’t like it.
Patterns aren’t always written with rows, but it’s pretty easy to get that number. Once you have a big swatch that’s blocked so you know your row gauge is accurate, you just need to multiply the length you’re supposed to knit to with the number of rows per inch. This is especially useful if your stitches grew after blocking, and you can’t accurately measure your knitting while it’s still on the needles. If you knit the precise number of rows, your knitting will block to be the intended length. It’s a really simple trick that seems obvious when you think about it, but it took me a long time to realize that I could work around measuring my knitting.
So, do you measure your knitting or are you a row counter?