I've tried counting rounds but could never figure out exactly which round the cable was crossed on. I've also tried those "click" type row/round counters and would get a few stitches past the beginning of the round and think .... "Did I click it or not" (I have a very, very short memory)!
Following are a couple of ways I keep track ....
If I'm working a hat for example with multiple cables that all cross on the same round I usually use this funky row/round counter (I found it on Etsy a long time ago). Each ring counts one round and the beaded loop counts each 10th round for a total of 100 rounds.
|Row/Round counter found on Etsy|
If, for instance, the pattern I'm using crosses the cables every 5th round, I would do so when the counter is at 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. rounds. Not too difficult?
|Place marker on first ring after first cable cross.|
|Work rounds in pattern until fifth ring is on the needle.|
Cross cables on this round.
|Work even until 10th ring on needle ... cross cables again on this round.|
Continue in this manner and your cables will be even.
What if I have cables that all cross at different times? It could be very confusing to figure out which rounds to cross a specific cable.
For example, the cable on the sleeves (worked in the round) of this pullover has a cable that crosses at odd intervals.
|Cable on sleeve worked at odd intervals|
In this case, I use a removable marker to keep track of how many rounds I've worked since the last cable cross.
|Insert marker through stitch on round cable is crossed|
|Work even and count rounds worked from the marker to the current round|
(2 rounds worked above)
|Here 7 rounds worked and ready to work cable round|
|After cable is worked, remove marker and insert it into the new stitch|
|Work even until round for next cable cross |
(1 round worked above)
|After cable worked, remove marker and insert it into the new stitch|
Continue in this manner (working cable cross and inserting marker into new stitch) and you won't have to wonder if it's time to cross that cable.
Note: Here's a similar row/round counter on Etsy (Knitting Row Counter by WychwoodDreams). It counts up to 110 rows/rounds.