When designers create a pattern, they don't think in terms of rows. They think in terms of repeats, or repeating elements of a pattern—e.g., decreases to the waist, increases to the bust, the slope of the neckline, the depth of the armhole, etc. Most patterns reflect this: They're short, to the point, and they're written as a series of repeats. If a pattern is written in "row language" (e.g., from Row 1 to Row 182), it isn't because the designer hates trees; it's because the designer is trying to please knitters who, in turn, are trying to please their row counters. Talk about the tail wagging the dog!

Unlike an ordinary row counter, the Sirka® counter helps you read patterns the way they were created. Ordinary row counters count rows. The Sirka® counter counts repeats. A repeat can be a row, as when a pattern specifies the number of rows between decreases. But a repeat can be other things, too, such as the number of decreases made, or even the number of stitches in the fronts of a cardigan (as in the instruction, "Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until each front contains 26(28,30,34) stitches.").

This means, of course, that using the Sirka® counter can be a learning experience. Once you've learned how it works, though, we think you'll spend more time knitting and less time fiddling with patterns. Isn't that what it's all about?

In the meantime, here's some help to make the learning easier.

1.   "The Contiguous Cardi"

Link to Contiguous Tutorial

2.   "The Shawl"

Link to Shawl Tutorial

3.   "The Aran Pullover"

Link to Aran Pullover Tutorial

4.   "The Button Cardi" (Long Version)


How does the Sirka® counter work for you? Drop us a line here.