The Knitters Toolbox

When you are beginning to learn a new craft, it’s always exciting to gather the essential materials and tools needed for your new venture. There are so many fabulous knitting needles and accessories available today, it’s hard to resist making a purchase. But sometimes we purchase things that are not really necessary or required until we…

What is a Test Swatch?

I have written about how to make and measure a gauge or test swatch, but I feel I need to address what a “test” or gauge swatch really is, and its benefits. Any project you decide to make requires that you knit a test swatch before you start the project. A “test” swatch is analogous…