I actually like to swatch ! With a new stitch pattern, it is as much for figuring out the pattern as the gauge. I cast on what should be about a 4-4 1/2" wide piece. Then I knit until it is about 5" long or until the"swatch" wraps around (long ways) a pocket size package of tissue. When I am finished with the swatch for gague purposes ... I seam the two ends and an inch on each side of the "top" of the "tissue holder". Easy gift or craft fair donation!!! No one knows how many you had to knit till you got it right!
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