As an addition to this "learning curve" tutorial .. so I don't forget AGAIN, this is how I count my stitches when I'm creating a circular pattern:
I use my MULTIPLICATION TABLE !
Each circular row, on a typical circle, increases from “2 increases per stitch” (=12), to an increase and 1 sc (=18), to an increase and 2 sc (=24), to an increase and 3 sc (=30), and so on.
To keep track of how many stitches I have completed for the row, I count by multiples of2’s, and then by 3's and then by 4's, and then by 5's and so on. This way, if I'm supposed to have 18 stitches in the row, for example, my multiples of 3's will get me there and I will know when I've reached the end of my row. 18 √
Also, I put the increases at the first of the set [sc, INC], instead of the typical end as described in most patterns [INC, sc] , so that I always remember to do the increase.
Confused? I was, too, as I tried to remember and explain this to my daughter.
Let's try a visual: