Ready For Part 2?

You hopefully have several swatches created at this point. Each shares a different story of the fiber content, colour, twist, drape, stitch definition…

What did you learn from them?

Nope, that is not rhetorical! I would love to hear in the comments below!

And now you not only have these great stories in swatches, but you have incredible blank canvases on which to practice our next bit of swatching fun!

Picking up stitches!

Your swatch affords you the opportunity to practice different ways to pick up stitches: for button bands, for collars, for hems…

And here is how:

  1. Along one side pick up all stitches with the same yarn and needle size with which you created the swatch
  2. Knit a ribbed extension that works *P2, k2* or *K3, p2*. Figure out which ribbing combo will work for you
  3. Work in this manner for 1.5 inches and bind off in pattern.

Now move to the next side of the swatch and work as follows:

  1. Along one side pick up all stitches with the same yarn but this time go down a needle size from what you used to create the swatch.
  2. Knit a ribbed extension as before *P2, k2* or *K3, p2* depending on the number of stitches you picked up.
  3. Work in this manner for 1.5 inches and bind off in pattern.

Compare the two. How many more rows did you have for the same 1.5 inch edge? Which looks better: same size needle or dropping down a size?

And hey! There are still two sides left! Why not experiment with either different needle sizes or knitting through the back loop? Use these edges of your swatch as a practice forum for how to successfully pick up for a button band? You and see where you need to practice to get the buttonholes neat and tidy before you do it on your garment!

Can you see the other possibilities these edges provide?

 

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