I was always a person who thought of keeping count of rows and pattern sequence with a piece of paper and a pencil as a necessary evil that must be done while crocheting. Although I found it easier to use a post em to do so, it is still tedious to put your hook down and to take up the pencil to mark. So when I received this Susan Bates Digital Row Counter in the mail, I was anxiously looking forward to trying it and seeing if it was easier to maintain my crocheting flow while I kept count of either rows or stitch patterns that repeat in the same row.
In just the few short weeks since the box arrived from Redheart (RedHeart Bundle 2015) this is fast becoming a tool I grab often since it is so easily manageable while crocheting. I first tried it on my right hand, but found while adjusting the tension in my yarn, it was often in the way. After a few days, I switched to my left hand and there I could use it unencumbered.
There are five sizes that the band can be adjusted to, I wear it on the smallest one. It slips on comfortably and once I became accustomed to it, it was not more noticeable then my wedding band. The tool is very light weight and is soon forgotten until needed.
At first, I was worried that the counter would get in the way or that I would accidentally push the button messing up my count. This was not the case. The large button on the bottom of the counter is easily pushed without losing the flow of my crocheting, but it is located where it would be hard to do so by accident. The number on the display screen was large enough to read and see at a glance, and unless you reset the counter, it will remember what row I am on when I come back – even days later. This is a feature that will make this a very useful product to add to my crocheting tools.
Since my post about receiving the box, Red Heart has added this product to their web page so I have included a link. (Susan Bates Digital Counter) This is a product I will tell all my crocheting friends about and encourage them to get. It has turned counting rows from a chore to what is becoming an affectionate and easy way to keep count while I crochet.
I will highly recommend this tool to all my students as a useful tool to add to their crocheting bag.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.