How do you count rows (especially while cabling)?

Hi knitting friends! I was curious to hear how you all keep track of what row you’re on? Do you use a stitch counter, a scrap of paper with tallies, something else? Just wanted to hear other people’s processes!

I tried out the paper technique and liked it but found it tough when I needed to frog a section, or sometimes I was knitting on the go and didn’t want to lose it… Lately I’ve been using an iPhone app called Tally where you tap the screen to increment, and pull down to decrement – one thing that’s nice about it is it shows a timestamp of the last time you changed it, so sometimes that can help with the age-old “wait… I can’t remember if I already counted this row or not??”

I’d also love to hear if anyone has tips on the best way to count rows while looking at a pattern with cables? I’m struggling sometimes to double-check if I’m not sure if I miscounted my rows, but I get confused on how to count with the twist involved…

To be sure that I have the same number of rows between cables, I put either a stitch marker just outside the cable cross row or use a sewing thread to mark the cable row. From then on it’s easy to be confident about the next cable cross.
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I just use stitch markers for everything that is more than what my memory can handle. I could never rely on an app for this as I would begin to wonder if I remembered to click the app after finishing a round. When using stitch markers at something like every 5th round or every 10th round (or whatever repetition is convenient for the pattern) I can quickly find out where I am.

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I do this with scrap yarn, usually thinner than the project yarn. I just found that t

there are YouTube videos for this too. KnitCompanion is an amazing app for tracking, especially helpful for cables and lace.

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Like a couple of the others, I mark the start or end of the cable section with a lifeline. In this case, it’s a 6-row repeat. I leave 1 or 2 extra lifelines in place, so I can compare and see what the rows look like.

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I write EVERYTHING down. Ha! I usually knit at home so taking my notes with me is not a problem.

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