Swatch bootcamp (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
Date: Saturday 29 Oct, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $41 + HST
Yes, we know most people hate making swatches.  But if you want a garment to fit properly, swatching is the only way to go.  Learn how to make and use them, and why swatches will be your best friends.  This is the second essential step to making your garments fit well

Techniques covered
You will work on a practice piece in class and learn:
  • Why you need to knit swatches before you knit a garment
  • How to knit a swatch
  • How big does the swatch need to be
  • How to block it
  • How to remember how you knit it
  • Measuring gauge
  • What to do if your gauge does not match the pattern

Please bring the following with you to class:

  • Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in a light colour (available at Creative Yarns)
  • 4.5mm needles
  • Homework swatch worked with this yarn and needles, as described below
Essential Homework

Using the yarn listed above, cast on 30 stitches and knit every row for 4 rows, then 28 rows in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row). On the next (right side) row, knit 6, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 4, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to end. Continue in stocking stitch for 3 more rows. Then finish with 4 rows of garter stitch (knit every row) and cast off.

It is very important to use the yarn and needles specified. It is imperative to bring this finished swatch with you to class. Do not block it.

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