February 13, 2014
If you've been watching the Olympics, you'll appreciate the amount of work that athletes put into their sport. While we knitters have very little to compare with a successful bobsled run or figure-skating routine, we can do some simple daily exercises to improve our skills.
It begins with a cast-on row. Then, we work a fresh row of stitches, then another, then another. Soon we have a lovely square of fabric in our hands.
The swatch serves no functional purpose. But it does teach us many things about gauge, technique, tension, yarn construction, fibers, and more—if we let it.
In honor of all those fine athletes, and all you fine knitters, it's time to celebrate the swatcher's manifesto.
In the Forums: Wash that Swatch
As always, I thank you for letting me be a part of your knitting life.
We'll talk again on February 27th!
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On the Cover
Some swatch doodling
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