Market Lavington Museum

A knitter’s row counter

At Market Lavington Museum, we have a rather complicated looking gadget for a knitter to keep track of progress through the pattern.

It is an MP handy guide for knitting and crochet. We understand that it was patented in 1936.

It is made of two metal plates enclosing a printed sheet with columns of numbers. By moving the sliders, you can record how many rows have been completed and how many times you have increased or decreased the number of stitches, when knitting a shaped garment. There is a ruler along the bottom and a needle gauge on the right hand side.

A label on the back extols the virtues of the gadget, suggesting it would help the craftsperson to keep track, especially if called away from the task in hand.