Kati is one of my friends, who is more crocheter than knitter. She wanted to knit a shawl - with holes, but not lace. She didn't found a pattern she liked - so I designed one for her. If you didn't earlier, read the first part here, and the second here.
Keeping track of rows
Now that I became confident knitting all the different stitches in the pattern, the only task left was to keep repeating until I reach the size I needed. I know that experienced knitters can just take a look at their knitting and see/count the rows but I tend to obsess about it and wanted to keep track where I am in the 16-row repeat of the pattern.
First I crossed out the row numbers on my chart but then I quickly made myself an easy counter, using just a paperclip:
This made it unnecessary to count, I just moved the paperclip down when I completed a row.
You can find more ideas to keep track your knitting in this post.
Before long my shawl was complete and I am very happy with it. It might not be perfect and I am sure my knitting will become more even with experience, but I don’t mind. Here is my finished, kind-of-lacy shawl: