It’s fair to say that I am pretty surprised to be dedicating a Things I Like Thursday* post to swatching. I am not not a swatcher… or at least, I wasn’t. But now I am trying to design my own patterns, it turns out swatching is quite useful. I am in the process of designing some neckwear (a scarf I think) and I want a house pattern on it. So I swatched the pattern idea and this is what I learnt…
Slipping the first stitch of each row gives a lovely edge – I can see on my swatch a row that I forgot to do this for. My cable cast on is too loose compared to me cast off edge (I’ll opt for the tighter, long-tail cast on). Also I can see that my pattern placement works, as does the garter stitch edging.
I am really only dabbling in serious swatching here. I should have probably blocked it and also knitted it in exactly the right yarn (I am designing for Malabrigo sock yarn as I just treated myself to a few skeins…) But this is a good start!
*Technically it’s Wednesday today… oops! Got my days a little mixed up!