How to Count Crochet Stitches

Knowing how to count your stitches is a fundamental step in learning to crochet – assuming you want your finished product to be the right size and shape.

You will need

  • Yarn
  • A crochet hook
  • Place markers
  • A crochet pattern (optional)

Step 1 Examine 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.

Step 2 Don’t count the hook Don’t count the loop on the hook. The stitch next to it is the first stitch.

Step 3 Count Count each stitch, or loop, moving away from the hook, until you get to the end of the row.

Step 4 Look for the "V" Count each v-shaped stitch as one stitch for foundation chains and single crochet rows.

Step 5 Look for the "post" Count each post, or vertical set of stitches, as one stitch for double-crochet rows.

Step 6 Mark 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.