If you cringe when you hear the word swatch, chances are you didn’t get introduced properly to this amazing tool!
If you swatch only to “get gauge” for things in knitting you have only scratched the surface of this rock star in the knitting world! No, I am not kidding! There are so many uses for swatches apart from making sure the number of stitches you make per inch on a certain size needle.
You can get the ultimate yarn education from a swath of knitted stitches! You can create a blank canvas to be used for an array of designing creations! You can practice techniques in pattern stitch work as well as picking up stitches! You can practice seaming or embellishments! You can think around the edges, across the tops, along the bottom…there are so many ways to dig deeper in knitting education and adventures!
Where can you start? Well first… did you watch this video?
You have? Well let us begin applying ourselves to seeing this thoughtful friend (our swatch) in a new light apart from gauge!
Simply put a swatch is a small sample of fabric intended to demonstrate the look of a larger piece.
- do you like the way the yarn feels?
- how does the colour of the yarn work with the stitch pattern?
- does this yarn remind you of another yarn you have used before?
- how do you think it would look if you went up/down a needle size— or two?
Once you have the swatch finished be a detective:
- how does it look? hold it in your hands and look. set it on the table and look. Stand a foot or two away from a mirror and hold it up looking at it…how does it look now? what stands out? what blends in?
- how’s the drape?
- here we get a bit cliché: what are the stitch and row counts?
Soak and block your little friends. Then repeat all 7 of the bullets listed above.
Once you do that take a few moments and consider what you’ve discovered!
Then be ready for the next steps in our adventure! We don’t need to do it all today! We won’t do it all today!
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