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…

Design Workshop: Part 4 – The Dreaded Gauge Swatch

One of the most dreaded aspects of knitting is the gauge swatch. I found that many customers avoid knitting up a swatch to check gauge; they would rather wait to see what happens. The gauge swatch is key to the design process – it determines the number of stitches to cast on, and the measurements…