10.02.2015

Review and Giveaway: Sirka Counters!

First off? What in the heck is a Sirka Counter?
It's a little device that helps you keep track of multiple stitch counts at one time!

You know how sometimes you are knitting on a project, and it's got a lace repeat, and decreases, and overall row numbers and you end up with a post it note that looks like this?  All those hatch marks start to flow together and it's impossible to read them and remember where you are!
Well, the Sirka counter helps you take care of that! You just assign one color to each item you need to keep track of.  The hands on the dial help you keep track of the repeats and rows you are counting (these lock in place) and all you do is move the dial as you work a repeat/row/decrease.

Easy Peasy!
Note: if you have fidgety hands around your house you might need to lay down the law and make sure everyone knows that NO ONE TOUCHES THE SIRKA BUT THE KNITTER! All your keeping track will be for naught if anyone plays with it!

You can even get them a nifty "Bento box" to store them in to keep it safe (see above)!!!!
Will I use a Sirka Counter?
Probably... I think it is going to save me time... I love how easy to read it is and how quickly you can move the wheels. Time will tell if it becomes an indispensable knitting tool, but for those more complicated projects it will help me stay on track!

Mardi Gras!
Spicy Meatball!

There is an awfully fun "project" going on right now and you can order custom colors  for your Sirka counter in any color combination you want!

Time for a giveaway... 
Above are Mardi Gras and Spicy Meatball... 2 color combo's Sara from Grellow and Grey (the brainchild of the Sirka) made for me! I'm keeping Spicy Meatball (cause who wouldn't!) and I'm giving away Mardi Gras to one lucky reader!

I'd love to hear how you keep track of your rows/rounds/repeats in your knitting... Just leave a comment below by 12pm (EST) on Oct 6th, and don't forget to leave a way to get in touch with you! I will randomly choose a winner and announce them in next week's Friday giveaway post!

Last week's winners... 
Congrats to DMallen Get in touch so we can send you your copy of Short Row Knits!!!! 

201 comments:

  1. I keep track of some in my head , but I usually use color coded post it notes.

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  2. I keep track with a row counter on my needles and then I use the Bee Counter app to keep track of repeats, increase/decrease or charts

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  3. I keep track with a piece of paper with hatch marks. Love this! Thanks!

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  4. I keep track with a bracelet I got on etsy that has numbers and a marker you move down each row.

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  5. Sometimes I use an iPhone app but mostly it's just endless post it notes.

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  6. I have a sheet of paper with every row marked on it and what to do on that row, then cross them off as I finish each one. Time consuming to set up, but works for me so far. This counter would be so much easier.

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  7. I usually do not have issues with repeats in the row, but if they are tricky I'll use stitch markers, for decreases I often find I wave a piece of yarn front and back every time I decrease to keep count of the numbers. And for rounds (rows is easier) between decreases I have a yarn loop with as many holes between knots as I need rounds for the row repeat. The loop is row one and the tailwards loop is the last row.

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  8. Well, if I'm a bit organized it use paper and pencil, but I'm usually not organized and just count and re-count rows.

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  9. I use my Sirka counter of course! Then the issue becomes which WIP gets it.... Since there are usually three sweaters and two lace somethings in progress at any given time, another of these handy gadgets would be very welcome at my house!

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  10. Good old pen and paper :)
    This looks like a fun new tool to try out!

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  11. Jennifer G. MillerOctober 2, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Pen and paper, sometimes an iphone app.

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  12. I write directly on my pattern sheets, I don't double side my prints so that I can continue putting ticks on the back of the page too! And yes, I do get lost after a weeks break. This could be a great tool. (ravid: mradford)

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  13. I use a beaded row counter that hangs from the needles.

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  15. I usually use a click counter or a post it note and pencil/pen. These things look so neat, can't wait to try one. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Rav ID: saraj0179

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  16. I use a combo of plastic clicker counters, turn counters, apps, paper, you name it. I spend more time searching for my 'place' than I do knitting

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  17. I write everything down on my pattern. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a minute to figure out where I am. I have been eyeing these Sirka counters....

    Ravelry ID cowbell

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  18. Gosh, I mostly use paper and pen ... because I'm worried something will move the counter besides me. But the case for this Sirka looks like it solves that problem. I love how it looks like a pocket watch. And I like Mardi Gras better than Meatballs!

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  19. I've seen these, and thought it would be interesting to give it a try. Maybe this is my chance to do just that?

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  20. I have the flower pink one and I use it for knitting socks the pink is for one sock the green for the other and gray for my heels/toes. What a great giveaway.

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  21. I use a click counter and post-it-notes. I would love one of these! I would have picked Mardi Gras!

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  22. I usually knit from a pdf on my tablet. I add tick marks next to the repeat instructions when it's too complicated to keep track of in my head. Which can be a pain when I don't really need the instructions except to keep track of repeats - this counter looks like a great idea and I love the Mardi Gras colors.

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  23. I usually use a traditional row counter that fits on the needle and paper and pencil when I need to keep track of multiple things. I've been trying various apps on my iPad but haven't mastered any of them well enough to feel comfortable with them. This counter looks terrific!

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  24. I currently use a low-tech solution--graph paper and pencil (plus some calculations). I'd love to try this ingenious knitting tool!

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  26. I usually use some combination of scraps of paper or different notations in KnitCompanion if I've set the pattern up. I remember hearing about the Sirka counter a little bit ago...sounds promising, so long as it doesn't get messed up somehow!

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  27. Like many others I usually use pen and paper. However I have kids so sometimes the paper goes missing or gets scribbled on....
    Enjoy your Spicy Meatballs & thanks for the chance to win a Sirka!! :)

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  28. I use pencil marks right on the pattern--had too many post it notes fall off and get lost.
    twiceteller on Ravelry

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  29. I usually keep track on the pattern itself...when I get done, the pattern looks like a crazy road map that only I can follow to the destination!!
    Kelly
    lautakel on Ravelry

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  30. I print out or photocopy my pattern and use a highlighter and a little counter on my "knitting necklace" which also has a yarn cutter. I just started following your blog this week. I've been crocheting forever, but just taught myself how to knit this summer. I love it! Great blog!

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  31. I usually keep track on either the pattern or another piece of paper or I'll use the istitch counter app on my IPhone. This tool looks pretty neat to have. Thanks for the chance to win it. I am sandiphi on Ravelry.

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  32. If I told you my other nickname, you'd know that I put too much faith in my cognitive and recollective abilities. OK, it's Kitten With A Non-cognitive Non-Recollective Mind. But my mind doesn't do any better with tickmarks or highlighters or stickynotes or that nice young stenographer I hired to write down each stitch as I knit it. KittenWhiplash on Rav thanks you for another wonderful giveaway!

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  33. I will either use an app or the old-fashioned method of pencil and notebook. I am jkim77 on Ravelry.

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  34. Row counter around my neck, and sad little hatch marks!

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  35. Oh my! Which project gets the counter or the post-it notes? Scribbles on the pattern, apps on my iPhone, Knit Companion (if I get it set up) - you name it, I have got it going on! This looks like an awesome alternative!

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  36. I use scribbles on scraps of paper, sticky tabs to mark my pattern row plus a Clicker counter but nothing seems to work well so I'm really wanting the Sirka! I lose the paper, the tabs fall off and I forget whether the number on the Clicker is the row I've just knit or the row I'm to start. Thank you so much for your generosity. If I am not the lucky recipient, I'll be searching for one to purchase. I'm majorstitcher on Ravelry.

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  37. I've been lusting after a Sirka counter for a long time- and purple is my color- hope my number is random enough.

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  38. I use my clicker counter and sticky pads. The Sirka looks like a good addition to my supplies.

    Rav ID: purrfectknitter

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  39. I use streams of notes, sometimes make comments on my iPad's Good Reader app, and a counter. This looks like a way to be accurate and organized! Bdgrammy on Ravelry

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  40. I make a chart. Let's say there are 5 repeats of an 8-row pattern with decreases every 4th row for shaping begin on the 6th row and buttonhole every 7 rows beginning on the 5th row. Rows of pattern repeat across the top (an 8-row repeat would have 8 columns). Then I put actual row numbers underneath. The first line is 1-8 again, the second line (or second repeat) is 8-16, the third line 17-24, the fourth line 25-32, and the fifth line is 33-40. Then I circle the rows that get decreases (so 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38) and put a box around buttonhole rows (so 5, 12, 19, 26, 33, 40). Then I knit, crossing off each row as it is completed. It's tedious to set up, but once I'm going I know exactly what happens on each row.

    I've looked at the Sirka counters more than once, but haven't purchased yet. You'll have to let us know how you like yours.

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    1. Please ignore the typos. I found several after I hit "post",

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    2. Used many other counters and post it notes Now I use the Sirka and have been contemplating getting a second one

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  41. Knit Fool Deirdre (Rav)October 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Generally, I keep track on paper or a row counter looped onto the knitting needle, but recently for Circo, I created a chain of stitch markers & art the end of the row, I linked the next stitch marker down the chain to keep track of the rows within the pattern repeat.

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  42. Post its, phone app and knit companion program. But I never seem to have one free... Except for the post its that get detached and lost...

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  43. Dede Johnson-dja@mac.comOctober 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Since I can't remember numbers past 3 (!), I use a cute little Clover counter hanging around my neck. It has a locking gizmo on it so little hands can't confuse me even more!

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  44. I use paper and pencil, writing on the pattern if I have it in my ravelry library and can print it out again for the next project.

    knitter5319 on ravelry

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  45. If it's a simple pattern, I photocopy the pattern, and then draw a series of circles after each set of instructions. Then, I fill in a circle when I finish a row. For more complicated patterns (the "do this every 5 rows, and that every 8 rows, and also do Y every 3 rows") I actually write out each row with a little circle next to it that I color in. Would make a lot more sense to get a Sirtka, wouldn't it!???

    From cassiopaeia at Ravelry.

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  46. I usually use sticky notes for keeping track of where I am...they fall off a lot...booooo. NorCalNapTime on Ravelry

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  48. I use KC and the various counters included. I've yet to get into a pattern with shaping. For patterns that aren't in KC I have stickies with notations and updates

    ETA Ravelry- heartwise

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  49. I usually keep track on a note pad..... trouble is I have a few..... which one is it in?!
    Amy
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  50. Oh my!!! This is lovely.... I usually keep track directly on the pattern or on post its or on the back of an envelope.... This would be lovely for the zillion projects I generally have going at the same time!

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  51. I use KC! I don't know if I could knit without it. It is handy to have an extra counter around though ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  52. I use the good ole paper/pencil hash marks on post it notes routine. Golf course pencils fit in my notion box just right (gotta have the ones with erasers though)..
    Sanders on Rav

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  53. I have a traditional counter, but it only counts one thing.

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  54. I use a transparent sheet holder for my printed out pattern. I then use a post-it on top of that with hash lines for counting. When the post-it no longer sticks I use Elmer's repositioning picture and poster glue stick. After my project is done I take the pattern in the sheet holder and put it in a loose leaf binder to keep everything easy to find.

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  55. They look great - I'd love one! kam11 on Rav.

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  56. I use the high tech post-it note and hashtag approach! These are calling my name, though.

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  58. I go through the pattern and make boxes on the page for each row and put a mark in the box when I finish. If there is more than 1 thing going on I'll make the boxes deferent or in another color. Or if I can figure out what is going on in each row I'll somehow indicate that on my box
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  59. I use knitcompanion, too! But for the holidays, my DH is going to look into maybe getting me one of these! I wouldn't mind getting one sooner, though!
    Ravelry handle Juliekins

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  60. Post it notes and knitcompanion marker

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  61. Post it notes because it's quick or Jknitpro if I have time to set it up

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  62. I use a notebook and pen and count in fives. The Sirka counter would be very handy.
    thanks
    kmerali3@gmail.com

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  63. If I am knitting something that only needs to keep track of rounds or rows I use a traditional row counter, but if I need to count pattern repeats as well I use Post It notes. One of these would definitely come in handy. Thank you for the opportunity.

    KnitterKitter on Ravelry

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  64. I use Knit Companion, too., but use plenty of virtual post it notes on the pattern.

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  65. I made hash marks next to the pattern repeat instructions but invariably I would forget to move my row counter and make a hash mark simultaneously so my repeats were always off and I ended up physically counting my work every few rows. Sirka changed my knitting life and I am such a happy camper now! Love you for writing this blog!! Sietsma on Ravelry

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  66. I use Post its and a pencil and invariably lose notes and have to recount. I NEED a counter, please?

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  67. I use Knit Companion but sometimes I just have to resort to paper and pen.

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  68. I use Knit Companion but sometimes I just have to resort to paper and pen.

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  69. I would use this nifty new tool, but for now pencil with tally on pattern or highlighter tape.

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  70. I use a clicker counter. If I don't have one available I just put marks on a piece of paper.

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  71. Usually it's a post-it note, stuck n the pattern, but occasionally its scrawled on the newspaper, by the crossword puzzle.

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  72. Hash marks on a small notebook -- old school!

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  73. Different colored sticky notes and different colored pens :-)

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  74. Excel spreadsheet or pencil and paper or clicker counter.

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  75. I'm a hash-mark gal too. I use colored pencils if I have more than one count to keep track of. Usually directly on the photo copied pattern so there's no sticky notes being eaten by my Dobbies. They love colorful paper.

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  76. I have seen this and would have loved to have it but it would be a luxury item for me. So maybe by lucky star will shine at the right moment and I'll win. In any event, thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  77. by the seat of my pants....and when it is really important I resort to pencil and paper
    rav ID: susanjd

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  78. very cool! I'm going to have to get one for a dear friend who has troubles keeping track of her knitting! rav ID: cloudlakes

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  79. I'm a hooker, but I use the Ablet, abacus bracelet, for row counting. For increases and decreases, I usually just count from the start of the row/round. I need a much better system for my bigger projects.

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  80. I have a small notebook that I write the pattern name and the dates I start and finish a project. If I need to keep up with the number of rows in a repeat. I mark a l and cross it with a diagonally mark when I reach row 5.

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  81. I print out or copy patterns so I have a copy to write on and use hatch marks to keep track of rows etc. It does get a bit messy.

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  83. I often use hash marks for small projects, but for large projects, I use an Android app called Knitting Patterns Database. The app is fantastic, but it will run down my battery if I'm knitting for a long time and unable to plug in my phone when I use it. Karebear66 on Ravelry.

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  84. Usually a combination of clicker counter and hash marks usually on a copy of the pattern I am working on. I have looked at the Sirka but it is too expensive for me as the S.A. Rand/U.S. Dollar exchange rate is terrible at present. I think the concept is brilliant. Here's hoping! My Ravelry name is LesleyI

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  85. What a clever device. I love it! Right now I use sticky notes or I draw hash marks right on the pattern. Rav ID: ramonafirehorse

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  86. I use KnitCompanion on my iPad, but I have forgotten it at home when out and took my knitting so I wasn't able to knit. Also, the battery needs to charge on a regular basis which makes it less mobile than my knitting. I still find myself using analog counters and tally marks. This would help me a great deal!

    ~ stitchcrafty on Ravelry

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  87. I usually use my fingers & toes...jk lol. I use hashes on the paper & on my project I count every tenth row & use very thin round bodied safety pins to mark them :-). Also use these pins for making changes in the rows too. I've only just found them recently but I'm so in love :-). I think the original purpose was to hold tags onto clothes but we knitters are an inventive lot :-)

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    1. Whoops forgot to say my Rav id is same as Google: cheritamd
      Also wanted to add that I use "Notability" with my iPad which is like the BEST app ever!

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  88. I use any scrap piece of paper, but would love this.
    Revelry name amandainluanda

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  89. I use a post it note or marks on the side or pattern. It difficult for me to do it this way as the b l ones in my wrist g ave deteriorated f he t poo RA and pressure needed to write is painful. My Ravelry name is TaraR0312.

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  90. I use repositionable highlighter tape and hand drawn charts with blocks to check my rows off as I go.

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  92. I use scrap paper and stitch markers
    sparky136 on Ravelry

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  93. I use a post-it notes and the stitch counter app. This looks so cool. annejz on rav

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  94. I have one clicking row counter, but rarely am working only /one/ project at a time. I had tried the Bee Knitting counter app but I didn't particularly care for it, and it wasn't nearly as satisfying as hearing that audible "click!" at the end of each row!
    I am caoirighin on ravelry.

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  95. I use a row counter to count (of course) rows, and any additional counts involve a pencil and the back or margins of the pattern.

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  96. Pretty much just like that little piece of paper pictured at the start of this blog entry :) Donnajburton on ravelry

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  97. This is really cool! I generally keep track in my head, by counting my knitting and using knit companion.
    Lkgervitz

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  99. When I can't find any of my click counters, I use a piece of scrap paper and a pencil/pen with slash marks and numbers, and notes about what each section pertains to (increase/decrease). My least favorite is "at the same time...".

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  100. I use index cards and guard them with my life! This tool looks awesome!

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  101. I use a knit kit combined with writing hashes, so this seems like it would make my life so much easier. And you are right, who could resist spicy meatball but we are grateful that you didn't "need" to keep Mardi Gras too!

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  102. I use index cards and guard them with my life! This tool looks awesome!

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  103. Love this! I usually just write them in a notebook that I keep in the end table next to where I knit/crochet, but I am not always consistent! Who stole my pen? Hah. The counter is so cool!
    Natsthename on ravelry.

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  104. I just saw this in a new knitting magazine. How cool to read about it here too. I either use an app on my iPhone, or a piece of paper and pencil. If I do the paper I usually write out all the rows and then mark off as I go. Karencreates on ravelry

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  105. I do a lot of knitting with my laptop on the table beside me. I make a post-it within the PDF and place it near where I am in the pattern. I then type-in the row I'm on as I knit.

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  106. I usually use multiple click counters, but unless they're the same color, so it's easy to get confused, especially when you're coming back to work a few days later. This is a FANTASTIC invention. Can't wait to get one.

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  107. I made one row counter, but mostly I'll have a paper copy of my pattern that I mark off the steps as I do them. I'm a loom knitter, so sometimes if I have extra pegs I'll wrap those little elastic bands (loom bands) around the empties as a way to count. =)

    Rav Id - SparkiLadi

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  108. I either try to make notes on my project page or on my paper pattern if using one. Honestly sometimes I mess up and end up (sometimes struggling) reading my knitting to figure it out.
    hirsheybolt on Ravelry

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  109. I either try to make notes on my project page or on my paper pattern if using one. Honestly sometimes I mess up and end up (sometimes struggling) reading my knitting to figure it out.
    hirsheybolt on Ravelry

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  110. I use graph paper - if the repeats are "nice" some might be four rows, and the other eight. I number those rows at the top of the column of graph paper.
    1234123412341234
    1234567812345678

    I put "x" in the space and by looking at which stitch I'm doing, I can then know that if I'm doing row one for one cable, I'd be on row 5 of another. Hope I explained that clearly

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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  111. I keep track by using multiple counters at once. If I have more than one project going that needs multiple counters, I use sticky notes for making tick marks.It's a mess.

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  112. I usually go through the pattern before casting on and write out which rows have what I call "something interesting". So my notes look something like this: CO ___ sts, work in patt. R10 side decrease. R20 side and back decrease. R30 side decrease.and buttonhole. R40 side and back decrease. Etc. The other rows are worked even, in pattern. This way I only need to keep track of the rows (clicky row counter).

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  113. I usually do something similar to that little post it note you show, but if it gets too cumbersome then I create a little spreadsheet/graph, which is time consuming in itself. You can find me on Ravelry as Venice1093.

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  114. I am using a sirka counter but mine is no where are pretty as the Madi Gras. Rav ID suzied2010

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  115. I haven't knit anything that requires such complicated tracking for a while -- partly for lack of such an easy method of tracking. But now with a first grandchild and so many adorable girly things to knit, I'll be knitting more sweaters and such. This sure would come in handy!

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  116. To be honest, I have been knitting stuff that doesn't require more than one thing to track, like shawls, hats, scarves, cowls. I do have the knitting companion app which has four counters and I can change their names so I can indicate which one is keeping track of what. You can contact me on rav as misstrangelove

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  117. I keep track in a little notebook, then the sheet is removed and stored with the pattern when I am finished knitting. I just recently discovered this counter and wondered if it works well. Nice to read a review. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  118. I'd love to try one. I primarily use knit companion, but would be nice to have a "to go" counter available. You can contact me on Rav as "knitpurlgal". Thanks

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  119. Mostly with writing notes or using KnitCompanion, but this counter looks like fun! You can contact me on rav at mmhiscox.

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  120. I keep track with pencil and paper.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  121. Mostly with notes and marks on my project page...but when I use my iPad for online patterns, that doesn't work! Would live to give one of these a try....I'm on rav as psalmone1

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  122. I use the same chicken scratch/post-it note method you mention at the beginning of your post...heaven forbid you loose your post-it note!
    naesattATnetscapeDOTnet

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  123. I make grids on graph paper with felt tip pens. Use black outlines for rows and different colors to outline boxes requiring inc/dec/etc.

    These look interesting and I'd love to give one a try!

    Valturner74 on Ravelry

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  124. Forgot to mention I am also sydnie7 on Ravelry

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  125. Guessing my original reply didn't post LOL I'm an early Sirka adopter, prior to that it was illegible notes on the printed pattern

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  126. What a nifty device!!
    Ellenlovee on ravelry

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  127. Depending on the project I use either my iphone, clover knitting counter or the counter that fits on your needle. I also use a vintage copper counter that dates from WWII. The Sirka is a great addition to the 'lineage' of counters. sowhynot (Ravelry)

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  128. I usually use Knit Companion and if necessary paper. YAYB

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  129. Thanks for the review, looks like I would love this counter. I have tried apps, but have not been very successful, so now I'm back to notes on a piece of paper and ticking off completed items.

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  130. nifty tool, i use paper and a counter that hangs around my neck that counts rows and rounds cheap plastic pink thingy....the spicy colors are great. Ive tried apps and they suck. but good old paper never messes up karen kep@nbnet.nb.ca

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  132. I would love a Sirka counter. I normally use a counter along with pencil and paper when knitting shawls. These new colors thrill me! Good luck to all! Lbears2@gmail.com

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  133. I keep track of rows and repeats with Post-It notes. It's a great system right up to the moment the Post-It gets lost. :-)

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  134. Wow this thing would save my sanity! I usually just keep track in my head and avoid patterns with too many charts to keep track of that way, lol. This would be so handy :)

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  135. Hi! Thank you for the great detailed review of the Sirka counter! I tried an iPhone app, but signing in and updating for each row was morรฉ time consuming thank a post-it and pencil. So I'm back to post-it's that look like chickens have run amock through my knitting. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I am Deutschknitter on Ravelry.

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  136. I have just written pages of numbers to keep track of a pattern....so, please, I need a Sirka. Here is hoping. Cindtmalone on Ravelry.

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  137. I keep track with a Sirka. Absolutely love it. Before that I had a clicker type row counter, it always seemed to move ahead by itself and paper. Would love to have another counter for the multiple Christmas projects I've begun.

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  138. I use a sirka for most knitting, or a counter ring I got from critsuccess.com. So much better than the pencil and paper I used to use! I'm PossumOfTheGrotto on Ravelry

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  139. I use an app on my iPad for the most part; biggest negative is that it tends to suck up battery life. I've considered a Sirka,but haven't made the leap yet. I'm Sampoulter on Ravelry.

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  140. I usually use a push button counter and have just bought a counting chain, but haven't used it yet. This would be a great addition to my growing collection! Ravelry ID: Kattolio

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  141. I am the queen of the post-it notes. Got some bigger Post-Its so I can make more hash marks...not really working for me.

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  142. I keep count in my head, and moveable stichmarkers as backup.
    Ravelry id: piaheuerandersen

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  143. I've used a Sirka for a while now and am not as likely to misplace it compared to a piece of paper. Since I often have multiple projects on the go, another Sirka would be a plus!

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  144. Generally I keep track with a digital finger row counter and post it notes. Makes for a bit of a mess and I'm always losing post-it's everywhere!
    Ravelry Id: KnitOneTink2

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  145. I use the Sirka counter for all of my projects. I also have a Bento Box for each one. Since I have multiple projects at one time I need several Sirkas. The Sirka has been the best counter I have ever used.
    Ravelry ID - sheristitches

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  146. I use a line-minder and magnets--many, many magnets.
    knitwitch39 on Rav

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  147. That looks so nifty-- what a great idea!!!! --Bookaholic13 on Ravelry

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  148. I use knitCompanion and yarn chains
    nicuknitter on Ravelry

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  149. I love this so much I flew from California to Chicago to purchase 2 of them! I have also converted 2 knitters in my group to using the sirka. I love that I can do increases/decreases at the same time as other stuff and I only need to look at my sirka to know where I'm at in the pattern. This is the best counter ever for me. Kimber L

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  150. I not only love this counter because it works, but because it is a small, woman-owned U.S. business. The custom color options right now are great, but there are also seasonal color combinations offered as well. Love mine!

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  151. If it's a chart, I'll usually mark off rows as I complete them, especially if it is 'tricky' in any way. For garments, I'll usually use a row counter. Have been looking at some apps, now that I have a tablet, but really haven't found one I liked well enough.

    I've looked online at the Sirka; would love to win one.

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  152. I usually use highlighter tape when using charts but for increases and decreases I use paper to keep track of rows It would be nice to have a more efficient tool.

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  153. What a great counter-nice giveaway opportunity. I keep track with locking stitch markers and keeping track on note paper

    Lisa911 Rav ID#

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  154. What a wonderful giveaway and the colours are perfect. I usually use a notepad and write out what I need to do, have several notepads and don't always write which pattern it is, so when I come to knit the pattern again I have to start over! Knittingnanny55 on ravelry

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  155. I make a copy of the instructions & mark my counts on the copy.

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  156. Post it notes and then hope that the post-it doesn't loose its stickiness and get lost

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  157. A little chubby notebook and pen. I have a Sirka counter on my Christmas wish list, but would love to win one!

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  158. A golf pencil and pot it note. Sad!

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  159. I plan the project out in a grid and tick off as I go along. yarnlady08

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  160. Either paper and pen or knit companion. It would be great to have a third choice to try out

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  161. I love my Sirka counter. Otherwise I use markers and scribble on paper charts/instructions, because only one project per Sirka.
    Rav ID: SFGiantsfan12

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  162. Watched the Youtube video and it is just the coolest thing! Thanks for the intro. Would love to try it out.
    Konaknits - Ravelry

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  163. Right now I use a combination of a notepad file on my computer and the mini clover kacha-kachas. So far those have won out over any of the other row counters because they have a lock so I'm able to toss them in my bag with no worries of my count changing.

    My main problem is that since they are all the same was remembering which counter went with which project, solved that with matching cheap key tags - one attached to the project with a locking stitch marker and one on the counter.

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  164. hi Laura , thank you for introduce me to this counter . i currently use a lot of markers in different colors, an app (jknit) and notepad

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  165. Linda Nieft - RavID: synergy6October 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Using excel spreadsheet is usually my method - for repeat like to set up the rows, side, and repeat - print it off and then mark off as I go.
    ROW SIDE Repeats
    1 (Instructions) RS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
    2 (Instructions) WS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
    Bit of work to set up but with 3 grandchildren the only way I could keep track efficiently...
    Sounds like Sirka just might save a lot of time!!!

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  166. I currently use a notebook and pencil. Row counts are done with hash marks and then any increases or decreases are marked above the row where they occur. This is not very portable and can get complicated. Thanks for the introduction to this counter.

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  167. I usually keep track with KC, but I tend yo forget it at home!! I badly want to try this counter!!! (Pajara in Ravelry)

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  168. I track rows with the clicker on my Knit Kit. I have a smaller katcha-katcha, but the Knit Kit is easier to find in my project bag. For anything complicated I make confusing scribbles on the pattern. So I could use something more sophisticated!
    SuZen21 on Ravelry.

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  169. So marvelous! The woman who invented the sirka counter used to be a law professor at the university where I work. We are right proud of her around here. I generally use a multitude of row counters hanging off my needles. This would be so much better. . . . Ravelry ID: aoapoplar

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  170. What a great row/rounds/repeat counter! i use KnitCompanion when i can...but cannot use it for non-PDF patterns. For my hard copy patterns i use a row counter for rows and make hashmarks on the pattern for rounds and repeats. it would be great to have a counter that could do all three!
    Dianne (ravelry id: dmallen)

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  171. I've used many different ways over the years.
    At the moment I make notes on the edges of the graph I'm following.

    When I'm doing a pattern with lots of changes to keep track of, I have to write out each row and use an app to remember which row I'm on.

    I would love something like this that would keep track of it for me. Hopefully Santa will think I've been good enough this year? :-)

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  172. I recently learned about the Sirka and it is so AMAZING! This is an awesome giveaway. I usually make marks on my printed pattern and then get lost in the process, so this is perfect!! Thanks for a chance to win. :)
    deborahlocklear@gmail.com

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  173. Sirka is so handy...If I don't win, I'll buy it! Too bad I cannot do as for Gilette " buy the company"!
    Diane (Rav Id deardarling)

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  174. I've tried various knitting apps, but the best for me still ends up being a basic (clicker or spinning) single row counter coupled with pencil and my pattern. I knit a lot on my commute to work and ended up dropping my phone all the time when trying to use an app. Looks like Sitka can beasily attached via that loop, which will be great!

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  175. I love to buy blank journals to document my projects and ideas. So l track rows/sections/repeats in these journals the old-fashioned way - with pen/pencil. I would love to find a device that I trust and is easy to use. The Sirka looks like it might be a good tool to try!

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  176. I love to buy blank journals to document my projects and ideas. So l track rows/sections/repeats in these journals the old-fashioned way - with pen/pencil. I would love to find a device that I trust and is easy to use. The Sirka looks like it might be a good tool to try!

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  177. Hi. I'm doing the same as you did with post it to keep my tracks. Ravelry: mommyknitter208

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  178. I use a pencil and tally on a post-it note or on the pattern if I printed it off. RegenoldFarm on Ravelry

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  179. I normally use a clicker, pencil and paper to keep track of my progress unless I'm just keeping track in my head.
    I yesterday purchased knit companion and I'm trying to see how to use it as it seems to be helpful to a lot of knitters.
    My ravelry ID is ccami.

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  180. My patterns are always a mess by the time I finish a project...whatever I am counting, I write that many numbers on the sheet, and check them off as I finish each one.

    piemaven on Ravelry

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  181. I make tally marks on the pattern, but I recently got a row counter ring that works well for simple row counts (no connections, just a satisfied customer) http://www.critsuccess.com/index.php/lcr-counter-ring.html
    My Ravelry name is SevenOfNine

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  182. I use the bee counter app, but end up up a creek when my phone dies! HookedonCrochet78 on Rav.

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  183. I use one of the round counters that slide on to your needles. Even if I'm knitting in the round, which I often am, I'll just sit it someplace close by. I'd love one of these counters! I'm serenazuo on Rav.

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  184. I keep track of my rows, repeats, decreases with a series of labeled columns, check marks and hash marks. I used lined paper and make the columns with a bright colored ball point pen and a ruler. Yes, I am techno challenged enough that I like to use printed patterns, an ever sharp pencil and a straight edge with paper clips to keep on track.

    My Rav name is stitchalong

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  185. I tape my pattern to the wall and use a multi colored pencil to mark off rows. Klampe@optonline.net

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  186. I always intend to use a nice little notebook but invariably end up scribbling numbers down the sides of my pattern in pencil. It would be lovely to have a proper row counter to use instead.
    Modelwidow on Ravelry

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  187. I'm low-tech and still use paper and pencil with rows of tick marks. But I do love gadgets!

    I'm carmonli on Ravelry.

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