I’m no good at row counters. I generally prefer to just count my rows or find some sort of landmark on the stitch pattern I can use instead of counting rows.
But, on this hat, it’s all cables. And cables are sort of a pain to count rows (you can do it, it’s just fiddly). So I cheat.
I tie slip knots in my tail for every plain row. Then when I finish the cable row, I yank them all out.
Works great here because I don’t need to count very high (4 or 5 knots is practical…12 is not) and because the tail is long enough and the yarn sturdy enough to work for this.
You can totally use a row counter if you like that better…but on this project, this works better for me.