Sirdal Cuff

The Sirdal Cuff.

I stayed up late trying to figure out the flap on the cuff. I tossed and turned when I went to bed thinking about it. I thought about it in the shower the next morning and, I lay on the floor of the den contemplating with it under my nose. The cuff stumped me for the better part of a morning and then I decided to knit intuitively instead of trying to interpret the Dale pattern.

Forging ahead, I completed the cuff and moved on to the sleeve. I spent the afternoon charting out the pattern on graph paper so I would know where to do the increases, keeping in pattern. The evening was spent watching a movie as I confidently increased my way up the sleeve.

The next morning I remembered what my Norwegian guru had told me about checking the stitch gauge on the sleeve so you wouldn’t have to rip out 300 stitches on the body when your gauge was off. When he told me this I assured him my gauge swatch was spot-on and I did not anticipate problems. Still……his words lurked in my mind. Remembering Terri’s Sirdal gauge adventure, I decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

I pulled out my trusty gauge ruler. What’s this?? 7 sts to the inch instead of 6 sts? How can this be? I pulled out a different gauge ruler and it said the same. My cute little Sheep gauge confirmed the bad news.

Rip-it. Rip-it. Rip-it. See my frog stitch marker in the picture? Me? I’m in the frog pond this afternoon. I even had to go to the LYS and buy larger needles!

I learned a lesson. The Norwegian guru DOES know what he is talking about AND I will always start with sleeves from here on out. I’m trying not to think about the three sweater bodies that are currently in time out….bodies, not sleeves.

8 Comments on “Sirdal Cuff

  1. Love the little frog! But sorry you are in the frog pond. I love how it looks so far.

  2. Those Norwegian Gurus!! You have to get a photo of this guy sometime – blue toenails and all…!!

    Sorry about the ripping, but it will be worth it, you know that. It is gorgeous!!

  3. Well at least you got a little taste of how pretty it is going to be….

  4. It is gorgeous! Sorry you had to rip but it will be worth it when you finish.

  5. Oh how I feel your pain. But don’t you get just the slightest perverse pleasure in froggin’? I know I do. Sometimes that self destructive streak is best contained by knitting projects.

  6. Oh no…sorry to hear about your dip in the pond. My Foxie is moving so slowly, he must be hibernating, naw, I just have chosen to finish a few other WIPs…BUT I have gone ahead 20 rows on Foxie so I am within rows of dividing….woohoo
    PS It looks beautiful anyways

  7. That is going to be lovely when it is finished – I can’t wait to see it!

    I agree with Kathy – we need to see this guy to get the full picture, lol!

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