Obviously when using a circular needle or double pointeds you can’t use a regular stitch counter as there’s not a needle end to put it on. But you might still need to count your rows, so what should you do?
If your pattern repeats over a small number of rows as my current project does (4 in this case) then simply tie a slip knot in the tail left over from casting on each time you pass the tail. Then once you’ve completed the pattern simply untie the knots and start again. It’s a simple way to keep track and makes it much easier to leave your project and know exactly where you were when you come back.
If you need to count a large number of rows I would thread a stitch counter onto the tail and loosely tie it to the work. Then every time you pass the tail you add another row on the counter.
Easy! Hope you find it a useful little trick 🙂