Marlisle Workshop Juffrouw pile of swatches

3 hour class: Just Swatch

Swatching is undeniably a good idea before embarking on larger knitted projects, yet some of us do it and some of us don’t. This class is aimed at those who are trying to get a handle on successful swatching for better final results in their garments. It is also for those who are mystified by why you would swatch, because their gauge always changes anyway. It will guide you through the ins and outs of swatching, from casting on through blocking and measuring gauge with an emphasis on tailoring your approach to swatching based on what (and how) you plan to knit, whether flat or in the round.

MINIMUM SKILL LEVEL
Advanced beginner

EXISTING KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
– You must be confident working small circumferences in the round in the manner of your choosing (for example using DPNs or the magic-loop method).

SKILLS COVERED
– understanding the function and benefits of swatching
– tailoring your approach to swatching based on what you plan to knit
– swatching flat and in the round
– blocking your swatch
– correctly measuring gauge
– avoiding the pitfalls of swatching (and not swatching)

STUDENTS TO BRING
– pencil
– scissors
– ruler or tape measure
– DK/worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting, but harmonious colours. At least 25gr of each.
Out of preference, opt for 100% wool, ideally not super wash treated for something a little ‘sticky’ and forgiving, but the choice is yours.
– 5mm (US8) needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round (depending on personal preference and existing knowledge – aka it’s not a good time to try magic-loop for the first time!). If you bring DPNs, you should also bring a pair of 5mm (US8) straight needles. Students can bring a range of sizes from 4mm (US6) to 6mm (US10), as they may wish to adjust needle size during class.

HOST NOTES
MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE
12

VENUE TO PROVIDE
– quiet space for teaching
– chairs
– tables
– light
– refreshments
– possible use of white/blackboard or flipchart – a big piece of paper of some sort will do.