Friday, 6 January 2012

Added value; Things found in books - the Ro-Tally

Whatever you're knitting - Milward Ro-Tally knitting register keeps count of your rows and makes accurate knitting easy.

How Ro-tally helps you.
1. Keeps count of the rows - keeps a tally as you knit.
2. Ensures accurate shaping
3. "Remembers" when to inc. and dec.
4. Checks the patterns and simplifies intricate designs.
5. Counts from 0 to 99.
6. Fits all needle sizes 6-14 inclusive

Does anyone still use these? I can remember my mum knitting school jumpers for my brother, sister and I using a 'ro-tally' to count the rows. But I had no idea what it was called until I found this card in

School Stories for Girls is now sold, thank you for your interest.


  1. Barbara, I've never knitted a whole sweater in my life, only a row or two when my cousin taught me back in the 80s, so I haven't seen this before. What surprises we find in books!

  2. I've never heard of this before. What a clever idea - I'd love to see it in action.

    My grandmother used to knit me school cardigans (made with a world of love) when I was in primary school. I'm sure there was nothing wrong with them but all I wanted was the (thin) shop bought kind the other children wore!

    I haven't knitted anything myself for about 20 years - I quite used to enjoy it but I was never completely happy with the results and usually became tired of the garment before I had finished it!

  3. You know, I used to have some of these, but I threw them out because I just never used them. Fun to see them again.

  4. Ha ha, so cute! These finds of yours are wonderful!

  5. barbaraannefisher7 January 2012 at 16:10

    I know exactly how you feel, I would have given anything for a shop bought cardigan! When my little granddaughter was born last year I had a sudden longing to knit something for her and went to look at patterns. Whatever happened to knit one purl one? Everything looked so complicated I gave up before I even got started.

  6. barbaraannefisher7 January 2012 at 16:22

    I have knitted in my time but not for years and years. I have a friend who always has a cardigan or jumper on the go and some of them are really lovely.

  7. barbaraannefisher7 January 2012 at 16:31

    It’s amazing how something so inconsequential can bring back so many memories. Mum was always knitting and checking her row numbers with a little gadget (the ro-tally!) but I had completely forgotten about it until I came across this card.

  8. barbaraannefisher7 January 2012 at 16:34

    It’s good fun finding things especially when they are a bit quirky like this.

  9. barbaraannefisher8 January 2012 at 10:12

    I would hang on to that bubble gum wrapper there are a lot of bubble gum wrapper enthusiasts in the world, believe it or not! If you Google ‘bubble gum comics and wrappers’ you will see what I mean. Just think how many would have been thrown away – yours could even be valuable!


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