Counting Stitches for an Accurate Stitch Count - Crochet Tip #54

I always recommend counting crochet stitches. The reason is for accuracy with each row/round. Counting will save time and is a resource to reduce the possibility of ripping out future rows/rounds. The edges of an afghan are the most common place to drop a stitch. Sometimes it is very difficult to see where the stitch should go. It may even look correct as you turn to start the next row. Several rows later you will notice that your afghan is wider at the bottom and narrower at the top. This is from missed stitches. Counting will help reduce missed stitches.

I know for those of you with small children there are frequent interruptions and you will lose count. My now grown children are the reason I count. When my kids were small, they would be off doing their own thing, not pay any attention to what I was doing until I would start crocheting. Then they would need a drink or start fighting. You can also count your stitches once the row is complete and the children's needs have been met once again.


  1. Counting is just crochet! add a stitch in the next row. :D Okay, so I have a 3 & 4 year old and a 14 year old that rolls her eyes at me when I say "SH! I'm counting!" Counting is important.

  2. Sara,
    I would tell my kids that their eyeballs are going to roll right out on the floor, when they would do that to me. Of course they did not think that was funny.

  3. hotredsly,
    I know that people do not like to count, including myself.

  4. Yes, "SHHHH. I'm counting!" has become a common thing in our house... the 3 girls are learning... it's the husband that is constantly interupting me! haha

  5. Ha!!! I am a beginner crocheter (is that a word??? LOL!) and i was working on a beanie yesterday and must have shhh'd my boys 10 times! It is so important and I am finally beginning to understand how to go back and count my stitches. :o)

    Thanks Teresa for your great videos and information. You are so much better than the books. :o)


  6. Thank you Marcia,
    I use beginner crocheter all the time. I don't know if it is proper English.


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