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Editor's Blog: The Faux Round Swatch

By Tabetha Hedrick

Most of us love a good circular, seamless project, and the very idea of socks, hats, top-down raglans or circular yokes brings us a joy that is virtually palpable. Well, except the little gauge swatching part (because we ALL do our gauge swatch, right?!). The different options for swatching in-the-round have their pros and cons, but none are very exciting -- until the faux round swatch, that is!

In this blog post we'll touch on the pros and cons of each in-the-round gauge option before digging in deep to learn the faux round swatch. Your circular knitting days may become just a little more joyful!

Get Ready, Get Set, for the Super-Easy Seed-Stitch Topper Knitalong!

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The Winter 2012 issue of Creative Knitting magazine is chock-full of exciting projects, including the Super-Easy Seed-Stitch Topper, designed by our editor, Kara Gott Warner. This easy hat pattern will be part of a special Knitalong on Ravelry.

This whimsical topper can be made three ways: with one color, with two colors or with a pompom -- all you need is one skein of Galway Chunky by Plymouth Yarn in your chosen colors to make this quick-knit creation.

Visit the Creative Knitting editor's blog, SplendidSticks to get the full scoop about the Knitalong and what you'll need to get started. You'll also find out how you can donate your finished creation to the charity of your choice. Click here for the schedule and don't miss out on the fun!