Recently I wrote about smart swatching, or swatching with a larger purpose in mind, as a way to make better and more thoughtful knitting decisions. My suggestions for that post assumed that most knitters don’t want to drastically alter patterns. Sometimes, however, we do want to make major changes. What if you want to substitute […]

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If you’re reading this post, I’ll assume that you know why knitters make gauge swatches. However, I will not assume that you always make them, or that you love making them. Knitters typically gnash their teeth when they hear the S-word, and all too often, we’re tempted to skip this step. (True confession: I have […]

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The Swatch is not just an annoying little politeness ritual, taught by the Ms. Manners of Knitting. It is literally a sample of your finished knitting, akin to the fabric samples you see in furniture stores. Ever bought a sofa using one of those samples, only to feel a bit shocked at how the floral […]

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