I’m not a ‘gourmet’ knitting like some here, I work at a fabric store and am using mostly Red Heart/TLC line as well as Lion and Bernat.
I decided to try out a diamond shawl pattern I saw at the Lion yarn site. They worked it up in Homespun, which is great yarn, but I have some gorgeous multi Red Heart yarn I wanted to do something with.
I am having similar counting issues with that and my problem was interruptions. I got a paperclip and put it on the side of the paper pointing to the row I was on. I then got a blank piece of paper and used the clip to hold it in place under the row I was on.
I had the problem of looking down one row.
I also have a large diamond pattern baby blanket on the needles (totally different pattern) that is simple knit/purl combinations.
I usually have to rip out some of the row I’m currently working on because I get distracted or zone out (hehe) and realize I screwed up the count later on in the row.
True lace for me is going to have to wait down the line for a while until certain household distractions aren’t around.
(19 month old granddaughter)