View Poll Results: Do you swatch
Always 5 8.77%
Yes, for complex projects 18 31.58%
Yes, for garments 32 56.14%
Never 11 19.30%
Isn't Swatch a brand of watch from the 80s? 3 5.26%
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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Do you swatch?
Do you swatch and when? (You can pick more than one option.)
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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After my first project, I realized I was a tight knitter, so now I swatch everything. There have only been 2 projects since, but I expect I will always swatch.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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I swatch for nearly every project, unless gauge doesn't matter. For instance, I'm currently knitting some socks for my second-cousin who is not yet born. I figure that it's HIGHLY unlikely that I would make them too small, and if they're too big... well, babies grow
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:11 PM   #4
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I make and measure with the knowledge that I may be ripping out.

Very rarely do I swatch, that's for yarn that is very different than my usual or designs that are too complicated to frog.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:18 PM   #5
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I only swatch when I make something that's strict about gauge.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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Every stitch pattern has a different gauge so if I did a swatch for every singe project I would have no room in my closet for clothes.

I have a notebook that I write everything down on. I list the Stitch pattern, the CO, the needle size, the width (which is the most important) I actually havn't ventured into clothing so my opinion may change.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:13 AM   #7
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Didn't used to until I started knitting in the round and realized my gauge is quite different when I knit that way.

By the way, loved the last option...
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:06 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by lelvsdgs View Post
Didn't used to until I started knitting in the round and realized my gauge is quite different when I knit that way.

By the way, loved the last option...

Well, I totally dated myself--but I couldn't help it.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:18 AM   #9
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I swatch for anything where size is important to me. But... that said I often find that my project becomes my swatch anyhow because my swatches lie. LOL My tension changes when I am really knitting the item and the gauge swatch didn't necessarily mean anything. I wish I was a really consistent knitter. I think I wish that anyway. LOL
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I only swatch for complex items and garmets... for simple items and things that I'm just playing around with - I don't swatch. I usually don't even do a complete swatch - I've found in the past that when I'm following a pattern and swatch first - I've always had to use needles 2 sizes smaller than what is called for to get gauge. It was so consistant that I don't swatch - I will check guage from time to time so that I can make adjustments if needed.
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