Terra Firma Cowl KAL :: Swatch

Terra Firma Cowl KAL :: Swatch


In this video for the Terra Firma Cowl
knitalong, we’re going to be talking about swatching. You’re probably thinking, “Oh my word, Amanda, why do you want me to swatch for a cowl?” I promise you that in
this case it is not about gauge. Gauge is obviously important because it helps
determine the finished size of your piece but for this, because you’re gonna
be wearing it around your neck, or gifting it to someone who’s going to be
wearing it around their neck it’s more about the the drape and getting a fabric
that you love. It’s all about gathering data and the data can help you later on
in this process, where you can use a calculator to determine the finished size
of your cowl and how much yarn you’ll be estimated to use. Swatching is as easy
as one-two-three. First up: knit it. You can use the swatch
recipe to knit your swatch and that is in the pattern. I include those because a
lot of people don’t know how to swatch or aren’t sure what stitch pattern to
swatch in. So, the swatch recipe gives you the exact swatch that I use to swatch
for the cowl. And so you’re comparing apples to apples. You know exactly
whether it’s blocked or unblocked gauge, how it was washed and all of that. Number
two in swatching is to weigh your swatch. Grab a scale and weigh your swatch to
tenths of grams for the most accurate estimations and you can use that
information in the calculator to help you determine how much yarn you’re going
to use for your final cowl. The last step in swatching is super important and I
know you’re probably thinking, “Wow, do I really have to wash this?” Blocking your
swatch is really just about washing your swatch the same way you’re going to wash
the final piece. This helps set the stitches in the same way that the
finished piece will be when you wear it so that you’re getting a more accurate
measurement and an accurate feel for how the swatch drapes and other
characteristics. In the next video, we’ll talk about how you can evaluate your
swatch to figure out whether you love it or you hate it.

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