I am attempting my first sweater after reading (and re-reading) sections of my Elizabeth Zimmermann books. I understand in theory how to go about it. I understand there will be trial and error until I have the finished garment. My first question is that I am wanting to make the body of the sweater out of a "Interlocking Crosses" or "Crossed Diamonds", do I make the swatch in the pattern that I am to knit or in just stockinette stitch?
I believe the swatch is just a inkling of what the true gauge will be given the weight of the sweater, but I am not interested in making a sweater for an elephant in my first attempt.
Interlocking Crosses: http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t...ingCrosses.jpg
Crossed Diamonds: http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t...amondCable.jpg
Thank you in advance for any tips or pointers that you care to share. It will be much appreciated.