There are lots of tricks for keeping track of where you are on the cross stitch chart. We love to work with a printed pattern and we mark all the completed stitches with a highlighter on the paper. Marking completed stitches makes it easy to compare the progress on your cross stitch with your cross stitch chart. And when you use a highlighter rather than a pen, you can still see what symbols you already stiched.
When you want to reuse your cross stitch chart, you can put the pattern page in a transparant plastic cover. Mark the plastic instead of the chart. Use a water-soluble marker rather than permanent. This keeps your chart pristine, and if you accidently mark something you didn’t intend, you can erase it with a damp cloth.
When you work on a large cross stitch project it also helps to make a grid on your fabric with a washable pencil. Use a ruler and make stripes on your fabric for every 10 stitches by 10 stitches. Or make your life easier with our magic aida. This fabric already has a grid, which you can easily erase with water after you finish cross stitching.