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    with how many stitches you've done?

    I'm starting a new dishcloth, that has a letter monogram. There's quite a bit of alternating between knit and purl, and I find the smallest distraction (and there are lots of them with 4 kiddos) can cause me to lose count.

    An example row is

    K3, P4, K9, P4, K9, P4, K3 (7-13 0dd)

    Any ideas or suggestions would be very welcome!

    I already took the original pattern and wote it out line for line, so I'm not really having difficulty with where I am row wise. I guess it's more stitch wise.

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    After I become familiar with the pattern, i can often examine the stitches and tell where I left off...as long as the yarn isn't very fuzzy and the stitches are well defined. It can be time consuming when i continously get distracted and have to constantly 'regroup' to figure out where I am.

    Worse comes to worse, i count how many stitches i've done already...and then go over each of them..saying what they each should have been in my head..then i know which one comes next.

    I know, neither of which help me keep track ahead of time, only help me figure things out after i've forgotten!

    Other than that, i save the mindless knitting for the daytime and only work on the confusing stuff at night when its quiet LOL

    If anyone has any good suggestions for this one..i'd love to know too!

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    I think I might get some little post it flags to mark my spot on the paper, it may be a bit of PITA to move along, but I can just do it when I have to move my yarn to the front or to the back I guess. I'll let ya know if that helps me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3weeparakeets
    I think I might get some little post it flags to mark my spot on the paper, it may be a bit of PITA to move along, but I can just do it when I have to move my yarn to the front or to the back I guess. I'll let ya know if that helps me.
    If each row is exactly the same...you could always by some stitch markers and place them in the appropriate spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible
    Quote Originally Posted by 3weeparakeets
    I think I might get some little post it flags to mark my spot on the paper, it may be a bit of PITA to move along, but I can just do it when I have to move my yarn to the front or to the back I guess. I'll let ya know if that helps me.
    If each row is exactly the same...you could always by some stitch markers and place them in the appropriate spots.
    I use Multi-colored twist-ties (like on bread bags) for stitch markers, they work great and you can even use a color to tell you where you were...
    Like blue means purl next, red means knit...etc.

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    With this pattern each row isn't all the same

    Like 7-13 odd is like I said above, but then 15-23 odd is diff, and so on. The only thing that basically stays the same is that even rows are knit across.

    I like the ideas of the colored twist ties though, that might still work well. I have zero experience with stitch markers. I have some, and my MIL kind of explained how they work, and showed me briefly, but in working with them in an actual piece ... I'm not sure.

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    I'm a counting girl....I count repeating knit, purl to figure out where I am.
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    if the rows are short enough, I make sure I can finish the whole row before putting it down, but if not, then I make sure I finish one pattern.

    For a really complicated pattern, I won't work on it unless I have some time to myself to keep track.

    I've also used the row counters to help me keep track, just moving the little peg along as I change from one pattern to another, modifying how I'd normally use it, to keep track of what I'm doing within in a row, instead of counting each row.

    For some patterns, I can almost tell by looking at it, especially if you've repeated it a couple of times. - and sometimes I use stitch markers or just count- so a little bit of everything that everyone has mentioned too.

    I try to do easier patterns when I've got active kids to watch, and the trickier ones I save for before bedtime, or in the car or during quiettimes.
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    I WISH i could knit in the car! We frequently go on long road trips to visit family. But I get motion sickness

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    Kim--
    Well,

    I get motion sickness sometimes- especially on the windy roads. I can't sit in the back seat for long or I have a hard time too. If I have to really read and follow a pattern with small print, that doesn't work well. Try doing something simple- Like SS or doing crochet (the bigger stiches help) or something that's a bulky yarn on bigger needles. I used to work on crochet squares when I was making blankets. Then it was something repetitive that I'd done before, so I knew what I was doing, and not too bulky to handle in the car.

    My recent projects- scarves- are working well for car travel for me.

    Try it next time and see if that works out

    Bonita

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