Friday, June 28, 2013

Do you swatch?

For years I didn't swatch and the sweaters sometimes fit and sometimes didn't.  What a lot of work for nothing, all because I didn't want to take the time to swatch.  No longer.  I swatch every time now.  Most of the time, I rip out the swatch in case I need the yarn for the sweater.  But for one of the next sweaters I'm making for myself, I've decided to keep the swatches.  I might be able to make them into something later.  The pattern calls for size 7 needles or whatever fits the gauge.  I'm not using the yarn it calls for.  I've decided to use some off-white worsted I used earlier to make a queen-sized bedspread.  I ended up making a swatch for size 7, size 6, size 5 and size 4 before I got the gauge I needed..  The instructions call for a swatch for 3 different portions--stockinette, double seed stitch and a pattern.  Here are the results of my swatches.  This first photo shows all sizes of the stockinette stitch.  For the first two swatches I forgot to make a border all the way around to keep the edges from curling.

swatches for needles 7, 6, 5, 4

double seed stitch & pattern

This is the sweater.   It can be found here, free on the Berroco site.  Isn't it beautiful?  I hope it looks as good in off-white.




I also ordered some yarn in a medium gray color to make this sweater, free from Berroco, found here.



And...I'm still working on Lily's sweater.  What?  Who says you can't have so many knitting projects going at once?

Now on another topic....does anyone know of a point and shoot camera that is compatible with iPad?  I have a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 but when I use the Apple Camera Adapter, it doesn't recognize my camera.  I like the photos from my camera better than my iPhone but if I want to blog from my iPad, it's a multi-step process to get the photos over there.  If you can help, that would be great.

Well, gotta go...my knitting awaits me.  Hmmmm....what shall I work on today?

Hope you have a good day.



2 comments:

Kate said...

Thanks for explaining what a swatch was, since I don't knit, I wasn't sure. Love both the patterns you've picked out, the sweaters are very pretty.

We are not Apple computer folks in this house, so I don't have any recommendations for a camera. Hope someone can give you some clues.

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