Are you super impressed with how neat and tidy the above notebook looks? Look at those pristine tallies of each row knitted. I believe it is a work of art of a very organized knitter. Would you believe that the above notebook is NOT mine. It belonged to my mother and I inherited it along with many of her knitting supplies over ten years ago. I was always envious of her copious notes and really I tried to be just like her.
However, I am the kind of knitter who does a tally tick then wonders "did I just mark that row?" "I think I did" and then I would doubt it, or my cable rows were off or some other minor catastrophe occurred because I cannot keep track of tally marks.
I know you are shocked! I cannot tell you how many hours I would sit there counting rows or just stare at my knitting trying to figure out where I was on the pattern. I also believe there were tears involved because I can become quite emotional and impatient (who me?). Some good evolved from my errant ways. I can read my knitting. I can pick it up and look at it and see what row I just completed in a lace pattern. I can count rows and figure out how many I have left to do.
I have found through the years the solution to my neglectful ways of keeping track. First of all, I try as much as possible to knit fronts and back in one piece. I will alter a pattern if I have too. That takes the pressure off of making sure everything is the same length.
My next secret weapon are these little beauties. Locking stitch markers. I use these ALL THE TIME. I will clip them on when counting rows. I clip when I decrease or increase stitches. I also clip when I am doing a cable row. I clip when I finish a lace chart and before another. With the locking stitch markers I can spend minutes instead of hours reading my knitting and knowing where I am on any given pattern.
So tell me, are you a tally maker or a stitch marker user? Or do you have a different clever way of keeping track of your knitting?