I have a theory that my knitting goals are easier to achieve if measured in terms of rows or rounds rather than inches. I understand why patterns specify inches, but if I can somehow translate those inches to rows or rounds, it's easier for me.
If I need 4 inches, that's not exact enough. I work a bit, measure, work a bit more, measure yet again. But if I need 24 rows, that's easy. Ready, set, go . . . and I'm off working my way through 24 rows. Same result - just a different way of looking at it.
Case in point.
New Canaan. This is the Yarn Knot installment from the fall. I diligently worked on it at first, but somewhere along the way I got bogged down. I'd seen someone else's finished cowl and really wanted one of my own, but I was stuck - work a few rounds, measure, work a few more rounds. The desired measurement kept eluding me.
Then I decided to do a little math. I estimated the number of rounds I needed for the required inches. Suddenly this project was more manageable. I checked off the rounds one by one. It was finished in no time, and now I have a new cowl to see me through the last stretch of winter. Inches or rows. Do you have a preference?