ince I’ve been stuck on Sleeve Island for a while now, my knitting needles have been eagerly waiting to cast on for something new and exciting. I went delving into my yarn stash and spied some lovelies begging to be made into wearable items. This was when I began a Swatchathon.
Like most knitters, I’m not a huge fan of the gauge swatch. However, I religiously complete this small yet extremely tedious task before knitting a pattern (especially an adult-sized garment). Apparently, swatching is the new black!
Swatch numbers almost never lie. If you’re in doubt, swatch again. Trust me, I’ve learned this the hard way!
So here’s a list of things NOT to do when you’re dealing with the whole gauge swatch business:
* Measure while your knitting is still on the needles. Been there, done that… er, the finished object that came out of that mistake was nothing like the designer intended!
* Stretch out your square and tug at those last couple stitches to make them fit the 4 inch mark. You mean you never do that, am I the only one?
* Knit a swatch that’s smaller than 4 inches square. Guilty…
* Measure and realize that your gauge is just a bit off (like 3 stitches off!) stick your fingers in your ears and go la-la-la. Continue to cast on with the wrong needles!
* Look at the words row gauge and think, “Row Gauge, Shmo Gmauge” and wonder why that’s even a necessary number to take into consideration. Apparently it’s very necessary, ask me how I know that!!
* “Forget” to wash and block your swatch the same way you would wash and block your completed knitting. Let’s face it, you just want to get to the fun part – casting on!!!
* Figure you’re a tight/loose knitter and go up/down a needle size (or 2) than what the pattern recommends and avoid swatching altogether.
Things TO DO when you’re dealing with the whole gauge swatch business:
**** Embrace the gauge swatch. Your knitting will thank you for it!! ****