When you’ve just had one of those days and need some total non-challenging activities, take some zone-out moments and take one of your charted knitting/crochet designs and colour all RS chart rows with pastel pencil crayons. While providing some much needed destressing time, it will also make tracking the pattern rows easier without obscuring the symbols.

Another little trick is to put the chart (or printed pattern) in a page protector and tick off rows with marker without writing on pattern. The static in the plastic should keep the pattern from moving, but it you’re concerned, a couple of small pieces of tape will do the trick.

Depending on how your brain perceives and interprets the world, sometime colour-coding design areas makes it easier to keep track of when to change stitch patterns.