Do I need to wind my yarn into a ball?
If you are new to knitting or crochet, or just haven’t come across yarn in a skein before, you might wonder how on earth you are supposed to knit from it! The most important thing is don’t knit from it as it is! … You simply need to wind the skein into a ball yourself either using a swift and winder, or by hand.
Does cast off count as a row?
Actually, what you shouldn’t be counting is the “row” formed by the cast on. The cast on doesn’t count as a row. But it’s easier to count all the rows in the worked fabric, below the needle, and just not count the loops on the needle.