|Where are your swatches?|
Swatch Like You Mean It!
A seven week online class being offered by Mel of Single Handed Knits.
|This swatch started on size 8 then jumped a needle size until I liked the drape.|
My typical swatching routine goes like this. Knit a four inch square in the recommended stitch pattern. Cast off (but don't cut yarn). Measure again, count stitches (count rows but those are ALWAYS off). Get gauge? Rip out swatch, cast on and knit away!
This practice may explain why I don't really make many sweaters! I have made about ten; I finished them and wear them but they are like the rudimentary examples of my knitting. I always find fault with them and threaten to frog and begin again. Not very time effective, eh?
So how did I end up in this class? First, I met Mel at the Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat in November and I admired her so much. I love to try and imagine how her designing brain works and I absolutely love her philosophy on life. When our mutual friend, Juniper Grace mentioned the class on her new podcast, I knew I wanted in. I knew being in class with some of the knitters I have met would be great fun and I need to get this swatching thing to work FOR me and not against me!
So, I don't want to share too much, but I do want to make you envious enough to enroll in the next session Mel offers so that you can become a swatching guru, just like me. (Fingers crossed!!)
First thing we were asked to do is to choose three yarns from stash. Then we were told to knit three swatches using the exact same needle. I chose to treat myself to the new KnitPicks teal wooden straights, size six. The yarns I used have been mellowing in stash for some time. Here's what has happened!
I had used it to make Tink's Lab Coat about four years ago. I unraveled it because it just seemed too homemade looking. I want to use it and make another style sweater. I knit it in garter stitch and I think doing a stitch count will be extremely difficult. The drape is nice and the swatch is a tighter gauge than the original project.
I need to go into my next lesson and see what to do with these. I hope my discoveries will be a start on the path to more proficient and efficient knitting.
I am working on too many other WIPs, I will save sharing them until next time.
If you are at all curious what other knitters are up to, visit Tami's Amis WIP Wednesday page.