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When my gauge swatch is off by 1/2 stitch per inch, I adjust by one needle size and CO the project. 3 18.75%
Swatch? I start with a sleeve and adjust needle size if needed. 4 25.00%
I have my own tricks. (Please share!) 3 18.75%
I believe in the power of the swatch and I swatch until I get it right. I don't trust shortcuts. 6 37.50%
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:41 PM   #11
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It's fun to hear such a wide variety of answers. Keep 'em coming!

Jan, I like the hat-as-gauge-swatch idea. EZ recommended that, it's a nice way to get a circular knit swatch.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:57 AM   #12
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I don't knit much that requires a swatch. I mostly knit socks, shawls, baby blankets, baby clothes, toys. I rarely knit adult sweaters/tops - then I would definitely swatch.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:33 AM   #13
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I ,too, haven't knit too much that requires a swatch. I'm in the midst of my first sweater, for which I did a regular swatch...we'll see if I did it right!

At one point, I thought I was doing the raglan decreases wrong, and wanted to fix the issue...so I picked up a new ball and swatched that part of it...and found I was right after all...glad I did that and didn't frog first!!

Otherwise, I do mostly hats, socks and scarves, if the hats/socks don't fit, I can give them to someone else. I have two pairs of socks that are slightly looser than I like, and one pair tha is cast on a little too snugly...but I've figured out yarns and needles that work together for me to get the right fit...as long as I stick with similar sizes of yarn, I'm good to go.

I figure for patterns and drape, I can get started on the project and if I don't like it I can frog and it's no worse than having swatched...but if I do like it, I've saved time.

If I decide I enjoy the sweater sorts of projects, I see much more swatching in my future!
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Making note...
Hi!

When I've done swatches for socks I always make notes on the stitch/row results for a particular yarn with a particular size needle.

Since I usually use similar yarns for socks having good notes helps me avoid repeating swatches for yarns I've already worked with.

Hope this helps!

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:29 PM   #15
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I hate swatching, so I only ever do it when it is absolutely necessary.
I know what my guage is, based on previous projects, with my favorite yarns and my most-used needles, so I just make an educated guess and go for it.

Oh, and if all else fails, use size 6 needles for anything except socks.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:05 PM   #16
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Oh, and if all else fails, use size 6 needles for anything except socks.
That does bring up a good point. I bet if you asked most knitters, they would say they gravitate to a certain needle size & weight of yarn. Me, I knit almost everything on US6-8. Even socks, I just double the yarn & make boot socks.

After a while of knitting on the same needles, same size & similar yarn, you pretty much know how many stitches per inch you will get. Whether you swatch or not.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:25 PM   #17
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I use 7mm for almost everything like shawls or sweaters, sometimes 10 or 10Ĺ or 11, but that's my 'medium' needle size.
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:47 PM   #18
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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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I actually like to swatch !

This makes you a freak, you know?

You are a crafty and clever tissue-holder-making-freak, but a freak nonetheless!
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Debbie, what a cute idea.
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