Today, I’m starting up a new feature called: “Tuesday Tips & Tidbits.” Over the years, I’ve received many useful tips and tricks from designers and knitters and some of these, I’ve also collected myself. I thought it was time to share them with you, here on this blog.
Today’s Tip: If you enjoy creating garments in the round, it’s important to create your gauge swatch the same way. I know the idea of working a gauge swatch in the round can seem like a tedious process, but there’s a solution: work a flat, “in the round” swatch. Here’s how you do it:
Cast on the desired number of stitches, then knit across the row. When you get to the end, *DO NOT TURN. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail, then move the work back to the beginning of the needle. Rejoin your yarn and knit across the row. Repeat from * until you the desired number of rows.
This swatch “simulates” a gauge swatch made in the round because you are knitting every row. By avoiding the need to turn your work to purl on the opposite side, (which changes your tension) you are working similar to the way you would when creating your final garment.
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