No knitter likes swatching. At least no knitter I’ve ever met.
It’s not even a fun idea, swatching. It’s knitting that doesn’t really get you anywhere. You cast on, knit a bunch of rows, measure, block, do all that work, and maybe you get to cast on your project. But maybe you don’t do it quite right, and you have to do it all again!
Don’t get me wrong, I know that it’s important, especially when knitting a garment. It’s just never been that important for the projects I’ve knit. Do you really need to swatch for a shawl? Not really.
Ok, so, enough complaining. Despite the annoyances of swatching, I did it. I swatched for my sweater, and I got gauge!
Now might be a good time to mention which sweater pattern I chose, I suppose. I’m going to be knitting Snowbird, by Heidi Kirrmaier.
I know, I know, this is not technically a sweater, it’s a cardigan. But I don’t wear many sweaters. I do, however, wear tons of cardigans, so I wanted to add a hand knit one to my collection.
Back to the point, though, I cannot express how excited I was to get gauge on my first swatch for this project! I’ve been in a really weird place with my tension lately. I’ve typically been a very loose knitter, usually having to go down two needles sizes to get anywhere close to gauge, but lately when I’ve done that, it hasn’t turned out right.
So for this one, I went ahead and used the suggested needle size, knit up the swatch, and voila! Gauge was met!
Admittedly, I didn’t do the swatch exactly right. I should have knit several more rows to get the full 4x4in square (I mathed wrong, unsurprisingly).
But on a single inch basis, I hit gauge as I was supposed to, and that’s good enough for me.
Now with the swatch all done and my yarn caked up, I can finally cast on my first sweater. Wish me luck!