Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Knitting Row Counter Bracelet
At 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. 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. 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.