Before you tackle an actual PROJECT, like Dragon Fly, Heart, Bracelet, Rocket,
etc., you need to know how to count the number of stitches you've completed, as
the project descriptions will tell you to "complete 20 square stitches,
then complete 5 circle stitches", etc. Here's how you can do that:
Always start counting your stitches from the end you BEGAN the project at,
NOT from where you last completed a stitch. Looking at the completed Brick
project at left, we finished the project at the top of the photo, where the
strands are located.
The stitches at the bottom are actually part of the "starter brick
stitch" and are generally NOT counted as a completed stitch, while the
stitch at top is part of the completion stitch, which is ALSO generally NOT
counted. This leaves the central stitches.
You should count all loops seen on ONE SIDE
of the project, and from ONE COLOR of the project. In this example, I'm
counting just the Apple Green stitches, and NOT the Grape stitches. The
stitches located on the RIGHT were created from ONE END of the Apple Green scoubidou
strand, while the stitches on the left were created from the OTHER END.
To make it easier, I count the first stitch, the one made by the
"starter brick stitch" up to the LAST real stitch, leaving out the
one included as part of the "completion stitch", and then simply
SUBTRACT ONE from the number. Counting this project reveals that it contains
21 actual Brick stitches!
Counting Twist is almost as easy. You count the stitches of the same color
that twist around the center. This involves you slowly turning the Twist
project, so that you can follow the stitches around, as you count them.
Remember, regardless of WHICH project stitch you're counting, only count the
stitches from ONE COLOR you've used. Even though Brick is made up of TWO Square stitches side-by-side, you only COUNT the stitches from ONE SIDE. In fact, when I
count Brick stitches, I turn the Brick project sideways, so I'm looking at it
as if it looked like a simple Square project. This makes it MUCH easier to