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Knitting a Flat Swatch and Blocking

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

This is Part 2 on swatches and stitch gauge. In this video I knit a flat swatch and block both swatches. Knowing your stitch gauge is critical to the success of your sweater, whether you’re designing it yourself or using someone else’s pattern. Ask around–the more experienced the knitter, the bigger the swatch they’ll knit. Think of the time you spend knitting a swatch as an investment in the success of your sweater.


A New Video, A New Class

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Another video uploaded (uploading, actually). I’ve completed the tutorials on swatches and stitch gauge. Part 1 is on circular swatches and Part 2 is on flat swatches and blocking. There are certainly videos on these subjects already on the web, and I debated skipping them and just linking to the other sites, but I wanted my series of tutorials to be a “one-stop shopping” experience. Elsewhere in the news this evening, I just enrolled for a class at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Tacoma (Washington) in mid-February. This promises to be an amazing festival, if reports of past years are to be believed. There is an incredible lineup of instructors: Sally Melville, Elsebeth Lavold, Vivian Hoxbro (sorry Vivian, I don’t have that special symbol for the “o” in your name), Lucy Neatby, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, etc. Some of the classes are so popular the enrollees are chosen by lottery–I missed a slot in Sally Melville’s class, but was able to snag a spot in Vivian Hoxbro’s Lazy Knitters’ Dominos. I don’t know if I’m a lazy knitter, but I’m all for anything easy that yields good results.


 

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