I don’t like counters I much prefer the tick marks on paper. Here’s my thoughts on the subject…
Counters - it’s easy for someone, especially kids, to come up and say ‘what’s this?’ and give it a few turns. It’s easy to forgot to turn it yourself and you are always second guessing if you did turn it and counting your rows by hand anyway to see if you goofed.
Paper and pencil - I don’t usually mess up when I use them although you can of course, but with it right there beside me I rarely do. I can easily keep track of specific parts of the pattern like increases, decreases, etc. When alternating inc and plain knit rows I do like this -
If I get up to do something I know I need to do the plain knit row next. If they both have 3 ticks then it’s an inc row. I never put my knitting down in the middle of a row.
To prevent losing the paper I keep a specific notepad just for my knitting.
Okay, not what you asked, but my two cents…:shifty: