Making Monday, My First Test Knit
|Swatching for Poppy Fields|
- Swatching: typically, I swatch half heartedly. This is probably why sweaters have been fails for me. I dedicated time in swatching for this project, I had to. My order of wool from WEBs took a few days, so I knit with stash, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, the same wool ordered but a different color. Do you swatch and use this technique of binding off stitches to represent the size needle used? I have started doing this, and... I make a larger swatch, this one was about 6 inches square. I discovered, after blocking this swatch that I needed to go up a size. I made another swatch and blocked it. It met the gauge stated in the pattern.
- Free Pattern Testers Group: There is a structure and formality to this group. The designer lists the expectations and rules. As a participant, you are expected to post progress, make note of errors you discover and give feedback on the pattern layout and stitch abbreviations. Each week, if you don't post your progress, the moderator "earburns" you (sends you a private email link) to nudge you into giving progress on your progress. Being a member of the group forced me to be accountable, and to knit monogamously.
- New techniques learned: I learned to do a Tubular Cast On in the round. Have you ever tried this? It creates a firm edge, a folded over hem. It was so cool to do. Here is a link to Kristen's tutorial. I found it to be almost magical, and I love the firmness of the finish.
|Sleeve edged with Tubular Cast On in the Round|
|Picked up stitches for cowl neck edge|
I urge you to consider participating in a test knit. Perhaps a favorite designer or friend has a new pattern ready for release. Your participation assists the designer in clarification and feedback. You become a member of a mini KAL of sorts. I reached out to one knitter when I got stuck. The kindness of knitters never ceases to amaze me! I got good advice in quick time, all went well with her advice.
|Finished Poppy Fields, pre blocking.|