I just got some lovely new yarn to make a pillow case with. I am going to do a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches etc..
My question is, once i do the swatch, wet it and dry it, then measure, can I unravel it and use it to start my pillow case?
Could I perhaps just gauge it without wetting it? I don't want to use up the yarn on the swatch as I might not have enough to finish the project then.
It isnt always necassary to block 9the wtting and drying) a swatch, particularly for somthing like a pillow ase where fit and size aren't uber important. I often do swatches which i don't block that i don't cut the yarn for and can then unravel and re-use.
If you do unravel a blocked swatch, you can re-knit with it, but you might find that it has a lot of kinks in it and is difficult to work with without giving it a chance to relax, which can be done in a few ways such as by hanging it straight with a small weight on, wrapping it loosely back into the skein or dampening and drying straight and flat (re-blocking it).
Thanks for your replies. So if my pillow is 14x14", should I aim to make it a little bigger to allow room for possible shrinkage when I wash it? Actually, I think the yarn I have is more prone to stretch, Alpaca Silk Aran, 80% Alpaca, 20% Silk.
What do you think?
The yarn says it can be machine washed, but I think I would just wash it by hand anyway. I read somewhere that silk tends to stretch when washed.
Anyway, I think I will do the gauge swatch without blocking it and make it 14.5 x 14.5.
Does this sound like a good plan, or is there something I do not know that would cause a problem?
Thanks everyone. This is my first time trying to do something other than a scarf!
What I meant was I will do a gauge swatch and not block it. Then I will start knitting the pillow and aim to make it 14.5 x 14.5", instead of the pillow size of 14 x 14".
The swatch will be 4 x 4".
Does this sound ok?