To Swatch or Not to Swatch?

How do you make sure that the sweater you’re making will fit? Make a gauge swatch! A gauge swatch is a small sample of your pattern that you make before starting the main item. By doing the stitch pattern for a few inches you can make sure that your gauge, or the number of stitches and rows in a set number of inches, matches the gauge called for in the pattern. If your gauge does not match the pattern gauge your item will not be the same dimensions as the pattern describes and you may run out of yarn. Not matching gauge isn’t quite as crucial for something like a dish cloth or a simple bag, but for garments such as hats and sweaters having the wrong gauge could mean that the finished item turns out fit for a giant! Continue reading “To Swatch or Not to Swatch?”

Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 4

I’m absolutely in love with our Boutique yarns, including Boutique Treasure. I love the feel of the yarns and the beautiful color changes. This week I’m knitting the Ripple on the Side Scarf. My best friend’s birthday is approaching and she loves knit scarves, so this is the perfect item to make. The picture shows color 1901 Mosaic, but I’m using 1923 Tapestry for my scarf because I think it matches the colors of her clothes better.RippleOnSideScarf Continue reading “Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 4”

Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 3

Independence Day will be here before we know it, so I’m getting a head start on decorating by crocheting this Statue of Liberty Pillow. I’m starting to make a pillow with a blue background, as shown in the picture, but I may also make one with a red background to have a matching set. The original color in Super Saver, 885 Delft Blue, doesn’t match my decor, so I’ll be using 886 Blue instead. For the red I’ll use 319 Cherry Red. I think they’ll look cute on my patio chairs. Continue reading “Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 3”

Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 2

I love reading but don’t have much space for books, so I love using my e-reader. To protect it from getting scratched as I carry it around, I’m starting to work on this Cabled E-Reader Cozy. I love working with With Love, and I need to practice doing cables. Yarn I love + technique to practice + practical need = perfect project for me! Continue reading “Wednesday Night Stitching Challenge Season 5, Week 2”