Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Knitting Row Counter Bracelet

Knitting Row Counter BraceletAt the beginning of the year, I remember reading on the net somewhere about this thing called a row counter, but it was made out of beads and you wore it like a bracelet. What the hell? You do what with the what now? I never did have to use an abicus when I was in school, so the whole concept was rather foreign to me. A couple months ago, after I joined the Charlotte Knitting Guild several of the members asked me what the heck those things hanging from my knitting were. Ahh...the beaded stitchmarkers. So I've been asked to instruct the guild on how to make these wonderful beautimous things. I've gladly taken up the challenge. In discussing what I need to get done for the guild meeting, at my other knitting groups, my friend May asked me if I knew how to make one of these bracelet row counters. Again, the whole concept was confusing to me. Last night, in response to a query about stitch markers in crochet, she sent me this link to a very easy to follow tutorial on how to make one. Not only how to make it, but how to use the damn thing. A ha! A light clicked on. I grabbed up all my supplies, cut up a cheap bracelet for it's elastic, and set to work. Knitting Row Counter Bracelet I didn't have the right size beads, nor the right type of wire, but as Tim Gunn always says, I had to "Make It Work." And work it I did. Knitting Row Counter Bracelet So, if you've ever wondered about this fun little knitting tool, I highly recommend Katie's Tutorial. I immediately messaged her asking for permission to distribute her tutorial to the guild and she was so nice! This morning I got the sweetest message back from her giving me permission. I can't wait for next week! I'm no beading Queen, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve now. I also have my other row counters I'll be showing them how to make. Perhaps tomorrow I'll post a little tutorial of my own on them.

14 comments:

Jena said...

Ha! I love it... I swipe my squirt's abacus all the time and then completely lose my spot when she swipes it back. Now to get to beading.
Thanks, Jena/whichendisup

Bezzie said...

I too have never "got" these. But I'll have to check out that link. Cute turtleage on your first one there!

(And does anyone else have Dancing Queen stuck in their head except instead it's Beading Queen?)

cpurl17 said...

Thanks Bezzie. Now that song's stuck in my head!

Love the turtle bead!

Zonda said...

Yeah...Bezzie! ;) hehe! Neat bracelet, and I too would have to see how "it" works! Cute turtle bead! :)

KNIT A NEW DREAM said...

Thanks...I have always wondered how to use these. Off to make a few Sue

Sourire11 said...

Shiny objects!!!

That's really cool... I've made a ton of the beaded stitch markers but never an entire knitting bracelet... That could be the perfect fusion of beads and knitting!

Pyewacket said...

That's beautiful! What a neat idea.

KnitMongrel said...

They're lovely! I never understood 'em either - thanks for the link. Gearing up for YPF... :)

LaBean said...

I never understood how to use those either.. but this turtle-y one is pretty!!

knitdds said...

work it girl!! those things are so pretty.

We've been yarn shopping AGAIN, so maybe I should really join your pr0n ring 8-)

Rain said...

That's really pretty. I've just ordered a wooden one from Knitz and Glitz. I can't wait for it to arrive.

Sarah said...

Oh, I get it now. Math is hard, but I am all for accessories.

(also, Bezzie sucks. ABBA. grr.)

Katie said...

Hi Cristi!!! Your bracelet came out great!!!! LOVE the turtle bead!!! I hope the Guild loves making them!!! Take care, Katie

Lauren said...

I've been using a stitch counter to track my rows, which isn't nearly as cute as this.

I have lots of random beads sitting around, maybe I should try making one. Thanks for the link!