Do you ever go freestyle and knit without any rhyme or reason, other than to simply enjoy the exploration?
If you aren’t a free bird knitter, why is that? Are you a little timid about picking up your needles for fear of where it might take you? Mistakes in knitting can be fun and can often lead to pleasant surprises.
Learn to love the swatch!
This is one of my favorite parts of the knitting and design process. Back in the day when I worked as a fulltime knitwear designer, I relished the idea of just sitting for hours with yarns strewn about and exploring to see what would emerge from my needles.
The discoveries were always enlightening because they revealed information that I would not have discovered if I didn’t have the courage and open mind to knit for the sake of knitting.
Maybe there’s also this notion that we don’t have much time, so we just want to pick the right pattern and jump in without swatching, but we would certainly would miss out on discoveries that move us to a new level of skill and understanding.
Please chime in on the comments to share you answer to my question…and share your own swatching adventures too!