Happy FO-Friday everyone!
Only last Wednesday I commented on a post about not liking gauge swatches with this picture:
It’s true, I don’t like swatching. But looking at my FO today I’m reminded again, why I usually do them anyways.
Because, if I don’t, I’ll be knitting a sweater that doesn’t fit. Or, in this case, a hat.
And I’m also reminded, why I should knit my swatch exactly the same way I’m planning to knit the whole garment (or accessory, or whatever). Because, if I don’t, I can swatch all I like – the gauge will be different when I knit the real deal. For example: If you want to knit a fair isle hat, don’t swatch in stockinette. Swatch in fair isle. Or don’t swatch at all and be prepared to suffer for it.
So, what do I have to remind myself of? Right. Swatch.
Not just when it’s a design you plan to sell. Not just for a commissioned knit. (In these cases, I’ll rather swatch thrice than having to recalculate for several sizes because I wanted to take a little shortcut.)
No, also swatch when it’s only a little bit of recreational knitting for yourself. Because you’re worth it.
So, what caused all that swatch-babbling? You guessed correctly: I’ve been knitting a hat that doesn’t fit over my big head. It’s been my first self-designed fair-isle pattern and I clearly underestimated the lack of elasticity in that form of knitting. Live and learn.
I still like the pattern and the colors, but I’ll have to find someone with a smaller head to give this one to. It would be a shame to waste this, because I used some of the yarn I dyed with plant dyes when I still was very much into historically correct tablet-weaving. There’s not much left of it and it shouldn’t just lie around in a drawer.
In this picture you can see how the pattern is supposed to look (in the upper band) as opposed to the way it looks when it’s stretched to it’s limits over my head (in the lower band).
What about you? Do you swatch and were you ever sorry for not doing so? Have you a finished object to share (failed or fabulous)? I’d love to hear about it… Or just head over to Tami’s Amis (click the pic) and join the rest of the FO-friday crowd.