Swatch Me Saturday #1: Stitch Pattern Gauge Swatch

Closeup of Lace Pattern #1

Closeup of Lace Pattern #1

Whether we’re using a yarn different from what’s recommended, adapting a pattern to better suit our purposes or making up something completely new, if we’re crafting, we’re most likely looking for ways to make things our own. One way to do this is through the use of a stitch pattern gauge swatch.

Using the instructions for the swatch will allow you to make a smaller version of the stitch pattern, and if your crochet pattern uses multiple stitch patterns, working with just one of the patterns will allow you to focus on the stitch pattern you like best.

In the case of the Mixlace Poncho by Denise Lavoie, three different stitch patterns are used to create this spectacular fall wrap. For this Swatch Me Saturday, we’re going to focus on Lace Patt #1. Using chains plus two stitches, this stitch pattern will work up quickly into any number of things depending on the yarn. Cotton yarn, perhaps double-stranded, will create a trivet or hot pad, and other types of yarns in various weights could see this swatch creating scarves of various widths.

No matter which option you choose, we’re sure you’ll enjoy creating something from this lovely lace pattern. And when you do, please be sure to show us your creation using #swatchmesaturday.

bulky lace pattern

Bulky Lace

This stitch pattern is worked as follows:

Lace patt #1 (multiple of 4 sts + 6)
Ch 18 for swatch.
Set-up row: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped ch count as first hdc) and in each rem ch across, turn—17 hdc.
Row 1: Ch 5 (counts as hdc, ch 3 throughout), tr in first hdc, sk next 3 sts, *(hdc, ch 3, tr) in next st, sk next 3 sts; rep from * across, hdc in last st, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4, tr in first hdc, *(hdc, ch 3, tr) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across, ending with (hdc, ch 3, tr) in ch-5 sp, turn.
Row 3: Ch 5, tr in first tr, sk first ch-3 sp, *(hdc, ch 3, tr) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * across, hdc in last tr, turn.
Rows 4–5: Rep Rows 2–3.
Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in first st, *2 hdc in next ch-3 sp, hdc in next hdc, hdc in next tr; rep from * across, hdc in top of tch, turn.

Lace Pattern 1

Lace Pattern 1

worsted lace pattern

Worsted Lace

—Susanna Tobias
Project Editor, Yarn and Fiber

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