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How do you make it easier/less tedious for yourself? I stopped doing it several years ago because I absolutely loathe counting all those little squares, then counting them again, etc. However, I'd like to start again in order to make some pictures for the house. While out yesterday I found a magnetic board thing that you put your pattern on along with a marker to keep track of the line you're working on. Any other suggestions?<br><br>
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I don't count at all. I just choose the color I am going to be working with and do as much as I can one square (x) at a time until I run out. Then I choose another color in the same area and do the same. I work by area rather than by line.
 

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That is my approach too. It helps me avoid counting. I also refuse to rip stitches out. If I goof a bit, I just incorporate it (unless it is a huge goof!)<br><br>
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I count, never really bothered me. I start with the center and fiure out how many stitches are in that row and work out from there. Too many of my projects have one stitch of this and one stitch of that to do whole areas. It makes for pretty pictures but some times I long for Big Blocks of colur, so I keep baby bibs and blankets that I do "simpler" patterns on ( Well, simpler than Teresa Wentzler's Storyteller,ect ...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )
 

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I also do as much of one color as I can, then switch to another color, etc.<br><br>
I don't use a hoop and I always keep my needle on top of the fabric (I know this is frowned on, but it's how I learned). What I mean is this: say the holes of an X are numbered 1 (top left), 2 (top right), 3 (bottom left), and 4 (bottom right). Rather than go up at 3, pull thread through, down at 2, pull thread through, up at 4, pull thread through, down at 1, pull thread through, I do: up at 3, pull thread through, down at 2 and up at 4 at the same time, pull thread through, down at 1 and up at 3 of next stitch at the same time, pull thread through. I don't think I'm explaining this very well, but it cuts your pushing and pulling time in half.
 
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