The Ultimate Way To Keep Track of Row Count While Crocheting 

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To keep track of row count while crocheting is a frustrating problem. At least when you’re new to crochet & aren’t sure what exactly one row looks like, but also as a experienced crocheter this can easily become a frustrating problem. Especially on bigger projects with lots of rows.
So I imagine you clicked this link & hoped to have this problem totally resolved, with just the one answer. You’d maybe think you’ll even never count a row again. That’s not the case. But you’ll learn some amazing ways to solve this problem.  


keep track of row count while crocheting



In my experience, I’ve found that there’s always more than one solution to a problem or challenge. I’ve also found that the one solution might not be the best for everyone. Some might even think that counting rows isn’t a problem either. However I’m going to teach you 3 amazing ways to keep track of row count today.

  1. The Standard Solution To Keep Track of Row Count While Crocheting.
  2. The Third & Second Best Solution Keep Track of Row Count While Crocheting.
  3. The ULTIMATE Solution To Keep Track of Row Count While Crocheting.

The Ultimate Way To Keep Track of Row Count While Crocheting 



What I call the standard solution isn’t really a solution, but more a description of how my row counting ended up being before. I’d start crocheting a row, then another, and another ect. I’d never actually start counting, & I always guesstimated how many rows I had made.

When the project progressed to the point of me needing to check the row count, I would need to start counting. Then I’d count the rows & feel sort of confident that I counted right, to be sure I’d even count once more.

Typically I always ended up with two different counts & I’d start counting a third or forth time. Then finally about 10 minutes later I’d give up or been so lucky to have had the same count twice. After counting I would never write down the count, & just forget it as soon as I started crocheting again.

After leaving a crochet project for a day or two I would guarantied not remember the row count that I spent minutes on earlier. Then I would need to start the counting again.

All in all I’d spend actually hours on counting rows & that’s a shame. Imagine how much more crocheting I could have done?


keep track of row count while crocheting



Another solution I’ve used is to place stitch markers every ten rows to make it easier counting rows. For this I’ve used everything from just a piece of yarn (pictured over), to actual stitch markers.

The yarn i usually scrap yarn, that I totally love finding great ways to use. Also see the related posts below to learn more about using scrap yarn.

The stitch markers can also be used to mark of other parts of the crochet project & are a great resource to own.  I’ve found it to be just as great with just placing another colored yarn, as it is fairly easy to secure & remove afterwards to. However if you’d like the plastic stitch markers, they’re available for purchase if you follow this link. I have for sure used mine regularly, as they are often more handy than grabbing some other colored scrap yarn.


Resource: Plastic Stitch Markers. 

Related: 8 Creative Ways To Use Scrap Yarn. 

Related: 8 New Creative Ways To Use Scrap Yarn. 


keep track of row count while crocheting


keep track of row count while crocheting



Finally, the Ultimate Solution! What I’ve fund being the best solution for counting rows are a digital row counter. This one let’s me leave a crochet project & come back to it, & still know exactly how many rows I’m at.

The great thing about this row counter is that you can wear it on your finger & you’ll constantly be reminded to count rows.

The BEST thing about this one is that you’ll just push the big button & it doesn’t even require that you’ll need to lay down the crochet project at all. Amazing right? Click the link to get control of your row count too.

Resource: Digital Row Counter.


keep track of row count while crocheting



Through my years of crocheting I’ve gathered an ever growing list of go-to resources that I constantly use. One of them is this digital row counter/crochet row counter. I’ve summed up some of my favorite crochet resources in a resources page for you. All you’ll have to do is click this link to learn more.


Related: Learn how to figure out the crochet hook that’s best for you. 



Your takeaway action after reading this is to start treating your time like it’s important. I mean, let’s not do the same mistake as me & keep counting the same rows over & over. Try these row counting techniques & find your favorite. Comment below to let me know your favorite!


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26 thoughts on “The Ultimate Way To Keep Track of Row Count While Crocheting ”

  1. I never thought this was such a problem. I use paper & pencil… jot the numbers 1 to whatever, and draw a line through when I finished a row/round, sometimes spacing them so I can easily see repeats of x-number of rows. I keep the pad and pencil with the project so if I set it aside, I have it, along with the hook I was using. I’ve done massive blankets, and one coverlet that had long panels stitched together, and just used my handy, no-battery-needed pencil to keep track. There’s a sense of satisfaction in seeing numbers crossed off, just as with crossing off items on my To-Do Lists. I don’t think I’d like the digital row counter. I’d be just as likely to bump Reset as to add a row.

    I’ve always counted; no way can I guesstimate, and with some stitches (lemon peel, for example) it can be really hard to see where rows end and begin. I’ve never even owned a stitch marker until recently, and I’ve crocheted for 58 years on and off. I bought lobster-claw clasps years ago, and used those, with a scrap of yarn attached so they’d be visible. It never occurred to me to adorn the yarn scrap with beads or whatever.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what other crocheters respond.

    • Hi Beth,

      I love your solution with writing down the rows.
      My problem though is that I would never take the time to write up 100 + rows in a list.
      That’s why I prefer either stitch markers, scrap yarn or a digital row counter.

      However, I’m really grateful that you shared your way of doing this, so others can use your tip.


    • Depending on the project, I use pencil and paper or scrap yarn or stitch markers. I’ve tried to use a mechanical (non-digital) row counter but didn’t find that it suited me…too fiddly and I was never sure if I’d actually clicked it or not, if I’d clicked it only once or if a child had found it and added a click or ten.

  2. I use Post-it 4621-2SSGRID paper (3.9 inches X 5.8 inches) to keep track of my row count. I number how many rows that are repeated and then use check marks in the boxes beside the numbers. The Post-it graph paper has a sticky edge that I place on my pattern so I know which row I am on. This has worked great on all my crocheting and knitting projects.

  3. I use a counter app that’s right on my phone. I can set it up to count rows and stitches and can have several projects going at the same time along with the name of the project. Works great for me!

  4. I used to write down the number of rows on a paper, that gave me peace of mind knowing that I am not missing out on any rows, now I have purchased a row counter. The funny thing about the row counter is I am not sure if someone would accidentally turn it around and the count would be wrong, so I found a new solution to the problem I put it in the used pill container that way I am sure no one would go to all that trouble of opening the pill container to turn the row counter.

  5. I have the exact digital row counter you show in this article. The thing with me is that I haven’t learned to trust it yet. I use it and still go back and recount the rows! I think I will try to attach a piece of yarn every 5 rows and see how that feels.

    • Linda,

      I understand what you say when you haven’t learned to trust it yet.
      For me it was all about making sure I remember to actually add a row on it after finishing one.

      The piece of yarn method won’t move, so it’s easier to trust right away.


  6. Pen & paper for me. I write the row number & then when I finish the row I add the number of stitches done. I just got a row counter, so trying to get in habit of using it also. Will keep my pen & paper on hand, especially for those projects that have different stitch counts for rows.

  7. I have several stitch counter apps, but I’m not able to upload a photo of them. My favorite is called counter and is a pink square with a white stop watch. I use the free version and you can name the project and have several going at each time. Hope this helps.

  8. I have several ways I keep track, depending on the pattern. Definitely use stitch markers. You can get a bag of 100 for under $2. I have several manual row counters. I have a small clipboard that hold 7×9 paper that I use to hold my pattern. Tied to it is a regular click style counter and one that I made to go on a knitting needle. The regular counter is for rows. The other is for repeats like repeat row 5-12 5 times.

    I also use an app called knitCompanion. You cal load your pdf into it. It has multiple counters and a line marker so you can easily mark where you are.

  9. I found an app that I love, not only does it keep track of the row count (all you do is hit the + to add a row) you can also have more than one counter going at the same time. It also let’s up upload the patterns either from Raverly, your device or other websites. Crocheting has become fun for me again now that I’m able to try to create more things and challenge myself

  10. I’ve started using an app called Row Counter. I think someone may have mentioned it above. It’s a really great tool that has seriously upped my Crochet game!


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