swatching and gaining confidence

Remember how I posted about wanting to do some knitting? Well I’ve made a bit of progress on getting ready to be knitting (how’s that for being overly prepared?). I am going to embark on knitting this sweater for my little guy.

Source: via Beth on Pinterest


And here’s where I ended up! My much more knitting-experienced friend that is going to be doing this sweater with me as a knit along  posted about the importance of swatching  so I decided to start there to see if I liked the yarn I picked, if I liked the colors (and to learn how to switch colors) and to see if I could keep an even tension with such a fine yarn. I’m still very much a newbie so swatching has been good practice for me. Since we will be modifying the size of this simple sweater from the pattern, swatching is especially important to inform how many stitches to cast on to get the right size! I tried to swatch for a 4″ width but ended up with a 6″ wide swatch – I obviously have much to learn! But I feel like I’m starting this project with a pretty good understanding of the yarn I picked and the basic skills needed.

Now to finish the swatch, block it, do some calculations and go buy the circular needles (and a bit more yarn) I need to get started on the real thing! I think I’m slowly approaching being able to add ‘knitting’ to my list of skills!


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4 Comments swatching and gaining confidence

  1. gabrielle November 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    where did you find such a cool pattern?

    1. Elizabeth November 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm – just browsed until I saw something I really liked!

  2. Chrystal November 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Okay, I really want to learn how to knit…. there are too many adorable things to make all the kiddos in my life… and winter accesorizes for myself 🙂

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