Swatches (not the watch…)

I haven’t even started my Snow White yet and I am having problems. My problem is gauge. I normally do not make a gauge swatch. I hate doing it. I don’t think I have done one in 7-10 years. Honestly, I don’t even remember how to make a gauge swatch… Even better, all my books are packed telling me how to do it. I asked my Ravelry group. I hope they give me good instructions. I hope I don’t have to do a gauge swatch in the round, I have never done one of those. Blah, I feel like gauge swatches are such a waste of yarn. I wish I knit right on, but being up tight as I am, my knitting is normally really tight too. I am scared of making a sweater that won’t fit anyone. So swatch I must. Sigh, baby sweaters are so easy I got spoiled. Back to my yarn and my reluctance to start a swatch…

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1 Response to Swatches (not the watch…)

  1. Honestly, I don't swatch. *Waits to get attacked by the bat squad* I check my gauge as I'm working and go from there. If I have to restart, I restart. If I can alter just a bit to make it work, I do that.

    A swatch gives you a good idea of what needle size to start off with, but it can't tell you how you're going to knit when you actually do. I think it's far wiser to do frequent try-ons and see how a sweater is turning out–I find it heart breaking to read about people who did swatches and got gauge and just assumed it would turn out alright and never tried the sweater on start to finish. Just my two cents. 🙂

    Oh, and a swatch is a 4″ x 4″ knit square to measure. Nothing too hard or tricky about it.


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