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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Consult the pattern for your project to find out how many stitches you are supposed to have.
  • 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.
  • 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 4: Look for the "V" Count each v-shaped stitch as one stitch for foundation chains and single crochet rows.
  • TIP: Don't count the knot at the end if you are counting along a foundation chain.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Researchers have found that knitting and crocheting can provide health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and decreasing memory loss.

You Will Need

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

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