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How To Count Crochet Stitches
You Will Need
  • Yarn
  • A crochet hook
  • Place markers
  • A crochet pattern (optional)
step 1Examine stitches
Examine the last row of stitches. Determine which type of stitch you have by looking at the front and back of the series of loops.
spacer tip Consult the pattern for your project to find out how many stitches you are supposed to have.
step 2Donít count the hook
Donít count the loop on the hook. The stitch next to it is the first stitch.
step 3Count
Count each stitch, or loop, moving away from the hook, until you get to the end of the row.
spacer tip Keep your work untangled so that the loops are lined up nicely. If it gets twisted the loops won’t look the same, which might mess up your count.
step 4Look for the "V"
Count each v-shaped stitch as one stitch for foundation chains and single crochet rows.
spacer tip Don’t count the knot at the end if you are counting along a foundation chain.
step 5Look for the "post"
Count each post, or vertical set of stitches, as one stitch for double-crochet rows.
step 6Mark it
Place a stitch marker on the first stitch, if you are working in a circle, or anywhere you may need to increase or decrease.
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