View Full Version : Do Gauge Swatches "expire?"

02-03-2012, 01:12 AM
I know, weird question...

I am really trying to churn through those UFOs this year. Out of 8 UFOs, I am still working on 3. (Not bad for a month, eh?). :happydance:

One of them is barely even qualifying for a UFO - it's Paton's Urban Aran. All I've done is swatched. I made the swatches about 3 years ago. I recently got them out and washed & blocked them, but now I'm wondering... could my swatches have expired?

I wonder if my tension has changed in the past 3 years... do you think a swatch has to be recent to be relevant?

Jan in CA
02-03-2012, 02:13 AM
I would think one consideration is how long you've been knitting. If you've been knitting for 20 yrs your tension is probably fairly consistent. If you've been knitting for 3 then maybe not.

Personally if had been that long I might just frog and use the yarn for something else. If it's something you like and you were nearly done though it might be worthwhile to put in a lifeline and just start knitting to see how it looks.

02-03-2012, 02:48 AM
I'd only been knitting about 2 years when I made the swatch, so I think things still could have changed. Oh well, by the time I am ready to tackle this sweater it will probably be too hot here in CA anyway, and I'll have to leave it for another year! :)

I am still slaving away on Lusekofte... very concerned about the finishing on that one!

02-03-2012, 08:45 PM
I knit a sweater....it was awesome...but I decided, after a while that my skills had improved and I wanted to frog it and redo it. I thought to myself...let me just frog down to just below the sleeves (it was a bottom up cardi) and I can fix what I didn't like about the sleeves....

Nope...My tension and gauge had changed so much...I had to frog the whole thing, and I barely got away with it...as I didn't have enough mats to finish it again...and I couldn't get more. *shrugs*....

I guess what I mean to say is, your gauge can change for many reasons...experience, weather, pain etc. I try not to leave UFOs...I keep one little and one big project on the go at a time...a) to make sure I don't have loose ends all over the place, but b) to make sure the story above doesn't happen again..

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