swatch, tension, gauge….why?

Surfing the net recently, I came across a featured article at Knitty about Swatching by Marilyn A Roberts, which struck a cord with me.  Making a swatch, tension square, gauge, are all terms used to describe checking tension.  Chatting about this subject at iKnit, it seems most of us at some time have been so keen to get started we’ve bypassed this important principle. This could be the reason a finished garment is less than pleasing, a tragedy, if an unhappy end result puts us off knitting altogether! Marilyn’s encouraging, informative and helpful article is well worth a read.


Baby blanket – Wendy finished this lovely blanket started by her Mum.

leaf edging

Knit in DK, the baby blanket has a leaf edging.

baby blanket

Alphabet letters and bobbles make the design very appealing.


Raewyn is hoping to have her top finished to wear to her dancing class next week.

Lindsay's shawl edge

The edge on Lindsay’s shawl  – dainty knitting across 15 stitches on tiny picks.

I’m midway up the Drops cardi I’m knitting on circular needles. I’m enjoying knitting in Alpaca, first time for me, although the fibers get all over my clothes. I’m really looking forward to doing the yoke but need to do the sleeves first.


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