Emily Explains: Knitting Swatches for Inspiration
I have to be honest…sometimes I get so overhwelmed by choosing a project that it keeps me from starting anything. I end up knitting many swatches instead. Swatches are a way for me to ”sketch” with my knitting, play with texture and color, and have fun without the pressure of making something perfect. Swatches are an important tool for making knitted pieces, measuring gauge, and sometimes they can little works of art, all their own! Here are some swatches from the design desk. Amanda knitted this swatch with Abode. We LOVE this yarn!
Recognize this pattern? It was used to make Lawson!
I joined the design team after the Fall/Winter ’13 collection was done, but I, too, am inspired by the new fall yarns. I have been daydreaming of quiet landscapes, muted colors, and tangled leaves to wrap up within…
Maybe one day my swatch will turn into something more, until then I will add it to my desk for inspiration : ) Hopefully your swatches will lead you towards your next great project.
P.S. Swatches are especially important when measuring your gauge! Need a refresher on this?
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