Learning how to knit a swatch is the best way to ensure your knitting gauge matches the pattern gauge, so that your project comes out the correct size and shape. Our free tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process of knitting a swatch.
Autumn is vest time and we decided to go into Ysolda’s back catalogue and pull out a great autumn classic. We don't stock the original yarn any more but we have some suggestions for alternative colours in Finul PT2.
Swatches lie! One of the most common stories I hear, and one I've experienced myself, is that despite getting the right gauge on the swatch the sweater turned out unexpectedly huge or tiny. It's nearly impossible to control all of the variables that might affect the gauge in the swatch vs the finished garment but there are certainly some things you can do to maximise the honesty of your swatches.
While focussing on playing with colours and practising knitting with dpns and a belt I got distracted from paying attention to the arrangement of my yarns. Although I quickly swapped the colours to the correct hand I started wondering just how big a difference colour dominance really meant.