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Swatching, Needles, and Yarn

We're sure you've heard, read, and been told many times and from many places the importance of swatching. It also matters which needles you swatch with! In our experiment we knit three swatches all using the soft and silky Fibre Company Canopy Worsted. We used three different needle materials, all size US 6 (4mm). from left to right they are Symfonie Cubics, Nova Platinas, and Trendz.




The center square in stockinette stitch on all three swatches are 20 stitches wide and 27 rows long. All the squares measure 3.75" long after blocking, but the width of the swatches varies slightly. The difference might seem insignificant, but if you're talking about a sweater with 200 stitches, at the first gauge on the Symfonie Cubics that would measure 38.75", with the Nova Platinas the garment would measure 40", and with Trendz it would measure 41.25". So depending on which needles you use, with the same exact number of stitches, you could get anywhere from 38.75" to 41.25", a difference of 2.5"!

When choosing which needle is best it's also important to consider your personal style of knitting, preferences, and the yarn. Canopy Worsted is a soft blend of of 50% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, and 20% bamboo. Both baby alpaca and bamboo are very soft with lots of drape, making this wool a little bit slicker than a more rustic wool yarn. It's a 3-ply yarn, making it round and durable, and doesn't split, making it easier to knit with blunt needles. Symfonie Cubics, Nova Platinas, and Trendz are all appropriate for working with this yarn. You can learn more about finding your perfect needle with our new series of videos from Staci Perry. 

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This month we're giving away a  Nova Platina Starter Set! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us whether or not you swatch when starting a new project, and leave us your Ravelry ID or another way to contact you. We'll choose one lucky winner October 31st! 


318 comments:

  1. I always swatch on anything like sweaters. But if pattern, like hat or shawl states gauge isn't important then I take into account my knitting style ( tight ) i adjust and begin. debido2u - Ravelry ID

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    1. I, too, only swatch when something has to "fit" - like a sweater, or even a hat. I rarely have to swatch socks anymore as I have knit so many pairs I get a sense as to whether I am at gauge or not.
      I am johannagreenough on ravelry.

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    2. I swatch if 'fit' is important, like for a sweater. With a cowl, length is important and with a hat, it must fit your head, so I swatch. I am skyhooked on Ravelry.

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  2. I'm afraid I don't always swatch, even though I know I should. Hopefully I would more often if I was doing large projects like sweaters. I'm TedEBayer on Ravelry. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. I didn't use to swatch but recently started. I'm finding that switching to the continental style of knitting has greatly enhanced my stitches because they are not too tight and look consistent but I'm using more yarn I believe. My question is, if your swatch comes out too long or too wide, how do you adjust? with the needle size or playing to knitting style?

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  4. I never swatch, but I mostly knit/design scarves and shawls where it doesn't matter. I'm starting a sweater and KNOW I have to swatch... Which means finishing some projects so I have all my needles again! Rav ID: BenBeauvais

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  5. I swatch with patterns that are dependent on yarn yardage since I'm a loose knitter. Usually I find that I need to go down 2 needle sizes. Rav ID: momcos

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  6. I swatch unless it's something like a baby blanket where size doesn't matter as much. Lately I've been knitting a bunch of socks from different colorways of the same yarn with the same needles so I haven't had to swatch every time.

    Rav ID: WiseOwlKnits

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  7. I swatch most the time. I am a tight knitter and almost consistently have to go up one needle size but depending on the yarn sometimes even two.

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  8. I really haven't but I'm rethinking that practice!

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  9. I swatch whenever I'm making something where size will be important (something to wear) or if I only have 'just enough' yarn for a project (or if the yarn is expensive). This is because I knit 'looser' than most pattern writers and have to go down a couple of sizes of needles or the garment will be too big OR I'll need a lot more yarn than I have to finish it.

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  10. I always swatch when knitting sweaters. Socks, scarves, hats, etc, not so much.

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  11. I knit a swatch for the first time. I started a new project that helps improve your knitting skills. Afghan squares are not such a big deal but I made the swatch anyway and ended up changing needle size.

    Ravelry ID - Wvacrafty1

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  12. Always swatch. Always, always. I've learned the hard way!
    Ravlery ID Jlizhenry

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  13. I have never swatched, mind you I am a new knitter and have done mainly non gauge critical projects :). I am DonnaJBurton on ravelry. Thanks for this chance!

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  14. I do not swatch because the items that I like to knit are not critical to meet a gauge to fit.
    knittingdancer on Ravelry

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  15. TrishD on Ravelry21 October 2014 at 08:17

    I always swatch, well almost always. So Important.

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  16. I swatch if guage is important to the project, or if I'm modifying a guage specific project by changing yarn or needle size.

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  17. Most often I swatch, wash the swatch, and dry it the way I will wash the garment. Sometimes with a shawl, I just begin and see what kind of fabric results. If I don't like the fabric, I start over with a different size. I couldn't agree more that the type of needle makes a difference in the swatch. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  18. Jane's Ravelry ID - prairiepoet (see above)

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  19. For years, I never switched, but now I am a convert! It really does make help.

    Revelry ID : nteal37

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  20. I swatch if its a fitted garment, otherwise I just go right to knitting. I'm one of the lucky ones that always seems to knit to gauge.

    Fidgement on ravelry

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  21. I always swatch. The only time I don't is on like a dishcloth. I learned my lesson really early about swatching when I was new and did t know how and thought it wouldn't make a difference and then realized I was making a tank top big enough for an elephant lol. I am prettypinkzebra on rav too.

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  22. caffeine72 on ravelry

    It depends on if it's a fitted or seamed piece. If not, I might just wing it.

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  23. I should swatch before I start a new project. Your post has helped me understand why it is a good idea to do a swatch

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  24. I do swatch because I am too lazy to unravel and start over when the garment is too small or too big. -dixie- in ravelry

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  25. I did not used to swatch until I started taking classes for a sweater. I wanted to use a different weight yarn than recommended. So the swatch was necessary to figure out what size to make and how much yarn to purchase! I am Heterex on ravelry.

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  26. I do not swatch. My ravelry name is midge817.

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  27. I have purposely avoided projects where a gauge swatch was necessary - crazy, right? But a few days ago I was asked to make a pumpkin hat for an infant, and I don't have the correct size needles for the project. So I am knitting my first swatch in the hopes that I can use smaller needles and make a larger size. Hopefully it will work! GKingsley on Ravelry.

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  28. I generally don't swatch when making items like shawls and scarves but I tried and failed miserably at making my first cardigan. Lesson learned! Will definitely swatch from know on for these type of items.

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  29. I swatch when the mood strikes me... lol
    Or I'll start with a sleeve and check with that. My swatches don't tend to match the projects anyway. :)
    Jadzeea on Rav.

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  30. I create a gauge swatch first only if I am uncertain of size (when constructing an original design) or when the fut of the project actually matters. Otherwise, I just measure as I knit with my tape measure.

    DFlamedancer @ ravelry

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  31. As a new spinner it's almost fun to swatch my new yarn so I can see what I'm getting!

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  32. I swatch anything that must fit. Don't swatch scarves, etc. Ravelry ID - fbruehl

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  33. I swatch clothing, but not much else. Hate to swatch but probably wouldn't be so bad if I had these needles!

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  34. I swatch every time I feel it is needed, but mostly with clothing. I'm not sure if my other comment posted, so I'm reposting.
    Rav ID: stitchesaintshit

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  35. I'm a daredevil, I never swatch.

    Rav ID: tlovedowd

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  36. If it's for a garment, then yes, I'll definitely swatch with the actual yarn and needles that I'll be using since I know for sure that my tension is different (can be up to a stitch or 2!) when using different needle materials.

    Rav ID: misocraftyknits

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  37. As a fairly new knitter I am learning the importance of a swatch. I am about to start my first wearable project other than a hat, and after all of the hard work I would hate for it to not fit!

    Rav ID: hauntedattics

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  38. I swatch every time, and change needles often to make sure a garment turns out pretty. Rav ID: Melissacollins1

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  39. Sometimes. :-) If it's something that can be tried on while a work in progress, and won't be ruined while unstitching - not likely. Esther at sombrereptiles dot org

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  40. I don't swatch usually and have only run into a couple of problems in the past. I did not realize how much of a difference needles make and have had trouble with width before. I love learning new things. Even if I don't win the needles in happy that you posted this article. Good luck everyone.ravelry ID: Nivenah

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  41. I dont swatch generally. I just get very impatient and want to start my project as soon as possible and I skip it. I haven't regret not doing it yet, but if I ever make a sweater then I may start. TXCrochetCupcakes (Ravelry ID)

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  42. I swatch with project needles and in the round, if the project is.
    Ravelry ID KathrynMorse

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  43. Absolutely, I swatch. As the article mentions, I have experienced differing gauge with different needle brands, materials of constructions, used circularly or knitting flat. As an experienced test/sample knitter for many designers, I find the choice of needle to be most important when attempting to match a specific gauge is critical.
    Raverly ID: jstdt3t

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  44. I'm a bad girl. I usually never swatch but I don't make too many garments so it is ok.
    Ravelry id is ozlynda

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  45. Not as much as I probably should....If its a yarn I use often. If its a new or expensive yarn with a "close to all of the skein pattern" I do swatch so I'm not surprised. I was once 3 stitches short! 3! lol
    stormofstarzz2 on Ravelry

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  46. I do if it's something fitted, but for shawls, scarves, blankets just take an educated guess and knit on! lmoore5 on ravelry.

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  47. I swatch for garments, or if I need to test a stitch pattern, but I don't wash and block the swatches, because I reuse the swatch yarn, so I don't want to break the thread. I'm ktsmurf on Ravelry.

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  48. I don't usually swatch because I don't make sweaters. But I sometimes do for socks. Ravelry ID. Stitcherpat

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  49. The only time I swatched the sweater turned out way too big. Now I just go with the pattern needle size!

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  50. Yes! I learned that right away. Ravelry ID: VivaciousVivi

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  51. I know I should swatch, but I seldom do. Ravelry ID: hardwarequeen

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  52. never, but maybe someday when I'm more advanced. Ravelry account id: stuckupcow

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  53. I swatch on anything where gauge is critical.

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  54. I swatch if its a yarn I havn't used before, nothing more frustrating than running out before the project is done, (I buy one of a kind skeins)

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  55. I swatch both knitting and crochet, mainly because I usually use different yarn from what the pattern calls for. Ravelry id is bsmithbrown.

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  56. I usually swatch but i unless its extremely important i tend to do half the size swatch as what is recommended. rav id webpixies

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  57. I swatch for sweaters, but usually don't for scarves, cowls, mitts, etc. Rav ID: katgat

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  58. I swatch for things like sweaters or when I think drape will matter a lot but not for things like hats and socks.

    Rav ID fishgirl182

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  59. I don't usually swatch - then end up regretting it ;-) Kivy

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  60. I swatch most of the time. I often skip this step for things such as scarves, cowls, shawls, and stoles where exact gauge isn't critical and I'm almost always make to the dimensions I want rather than those given in the pattern. I don't think gauge swatches are critical for these, or for something like an afghan either. Where fit matters, I always swatch.

    purrlgurrl on Ravelry

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  61. I swatch for big projects where size matters (socks/sweaters) but just let it go on scarves, hats, and cowls...Shelbean6 @ revelry

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  62. For garments I swatch almost always, unless it is a yarn I have used before with the same tools - and then I check the gauge after a few inches to make sure I'm not off. With softies/toys I "test knit" more than knit a separate swatch to make sure that the proportions come out right and the fabric characteristics are what I want. When I swap yarns from what is called for even after having knitted test swatches, I may knit a large piece (sometimes the back of the sweater) to test the overall effect of the change on the drape and size. Blankets/afghans in modular form I just knit a unit and use that as my swatch. Patterns that read " exact gauge is not important" still should be swatched to ensure that what is being knitted will result in a nice fabric. So yes I always swatch even if it's not a traditional test square - I have no issues with ripping back and adjusting needles if I find that what I'm actually knitting does not match what I want. kcarlyle on Rav.

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  63. I always swatch on projects where fit is critical. Scarves and shawls, not so much. I'm dswgr6 on ravelry.

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  64. I swatch for things that have to fit - I learned my lesson and am the proud owner of a ginormous sweater. I don't swatch for shawls or scarves.

    Laura (LauraKnitsPA on Rav)

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  65. I swatch for sweaters

    Rav Id kmb34me

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  66. I don't always swatch - only when gauge matters. I'm honestly too lazy to do it with every project!

    KreationsbyKarlee

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  67. I swatch when I'm concerned about yardage or for a sweater. Otherwise, I just start knitting, measure after a few inches, and rip out or continue on, as the case may be. I'm LadyShopsalot on Ravelry.

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  68. For now I am making things where gauge is not as important (shawls mostly), so the most swatch-like thing I'll do is 10 or so stitches over 2-3 rows, if I'm unsure about which needle size to use.

    IvyLuci on Ravelry

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  69. I rarely swatch though I know I should. Luckily, I've been making things that aren't too gauge sensitive (scarves, baby sweaters).

    zigzaggyknits on Ravelry

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  70. I swatch when needed, but only recently have I begun branching out into things other than scarves. I need to swatch more often, that for sure! My knitting g it typically tight. Ravelry ID nursekerri

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  71. I almost never swatch and lately have lived to regret it. I've started 3 sweaters for my new grandson and they all turn out too small. UGH! Lesson learned, hopefully!
    Suswi

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  72. I general choose patterns that do not require swatching purposefully. However, I really see the necessity of it and need to get in the habit. I want to knit baby sweaters!

    Leosmomma on Raverly

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  73. After learning the hard way (a couple of times) I now always swatch. And absolute must! Rav ID Seibs82

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  74. I always swatch these days. I didn't used to but made one too many garments that came out too big and had to give away or frog. I love my Knitters Pride interchangeable needles because I always have the range of sizes I need to get gauge.
    Ravelry ID is newrosebud

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  75. I tend to choose patterns like lace shawls and toe-up socks where I can get away without swatching, but I'll do it when gauge is critical.

    BlackberryTea on Ravelry

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  76. I try to swatch on something that needs to fit. Czykgau on Ravelry.

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  77. I swatch for sweaters but not for much else. I'm a tight knitter so tend to go up a needle size.
    pineymtncrochet on ravelry

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  78. I am fairly new to knitting, and only just becoming aware that I should be swatching for certain projects. I hope to learn more with every email newsletter, every u-tube viewing, and every web-site visit!

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  79. I may swatch if size and yardage matters. Rav id: cudamama

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  80. Definitely always swatch for sweaters, socks and hats. Scarves not so much.
    sherrymac62 - Ravelry name

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  81. As I usually like to jump right in, I have learned by my mistakes how important swatching is especially on a sweater or fitted garment! Too many pieces have had to be gifted away!
    Khaggas@aol.com

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  82. Sometimes -- and I never thought about the brand or type of needles making a difference! Revelry ID: photo diva

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  83. I don't swatch my scarves, hats and blankets. If I were to make a sweater or other garment, yes, definitely swatch.

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  84. I learned to knit 9 months ago and have not swatched anything yet!! I know, bad form! So far, I'vve only made hats, shawls, baby sweaters, and fingerless gloves. I will be starting a sweater for my son next week and think that I will take your sage advice and bang out a swatch! Thanks for the reminder :) I am MammaJBC on Ravelry.

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  85. I only swatch if the project has to fit except for socks. I've knit so many socks that I know the gauge if I use sock yarn, and I always use the same needles. Otherwise, I don't swatch. Ravelry ID: IUGrad

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  86. I'm not sure but it seems my comment disappeared.

    I swatch for sweaters with Great care but not as much care or precision for sharks. Thanks for the info on the needles.

    Lakeknitter on Ravelry

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  87. Lol....That is supposed to be shawls! Best to not use much precision when dealing with sharks.

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  88. I'm horrible I never swatch :/ On Ravelry I'm
    Mrsmazzie.

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  89. I swatch a little for scarves, shawls, etc, but then rip it out and start knitting. For sweaters, I wash and block the swatch. Never swatch for socks though! Rav ID: ldifazio

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  90. I swatch for sweaters and for everything else I just adjust based on knowing that I knit tight.
    Knitmetoo on Ravelry.

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  91. I'm a swatcher, I don't want to take the risk of having a garment that doesn't fit.rlavey@gsinet.net

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  92. I swatch religiously, not only for size, but to see how the yarn will look after washing, in the stitch pattern. I look at hand feel, bloom and itch factor. Then I carefully consider if this yarn/project is worth my time investment. It is also nice to have a swatch library for reference for future projects.

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  93. Being new to knitting I certainly see the importance of making swatches. In my first project my knitting changed so much from the beginning to the end, but luckily it was just a scarf :) Rav ID: Kristinschipperke

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  94. I often swatch for sweaters - but sometimes my swatch becomes part of a sleeve, or a pocket! If I'm using a yarn I've often used in the past, I'll just check my gauge as I go I'm Ironknitter on Ravelry

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  95. I swatch for sweaters and my own designs, but tend to wing it on smaller projects.
    Ravelry iD: gwibbles

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  96. I always swatch! I am a tight knitter and sometimes I can't can't make a certain yarn work with the needle size I have to use. I usually have to go up 2 sizes but it varies.
    Elisaverb@gmail.com

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  97. I am a reluctant swatcher. :) However, I lean perfectionist so the more I learn, I find I'm becoming more of a process knitter and therefore more inclined to swatch. ~JoyfullMom on Rav

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  98. I don't swatch for every project, only where fit is critical like sweaters. I'm a loose knitter so I often go down in needle size. Love my Knitter's Pride Interchangeables, my Cubics and Karbonz! You can't have too many needles or yarn! My Ravelry ID is diaden.

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  99. I swatch including washing and blocking, but I often wonder how useful that is in a project with thousands of stitches when you can't wash and block it to compare against the original swatch. Find me on Ravelry as SavoyTruffle.

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  100. I swatch for sweaters (sounds like a bumper sticker)! knitirzz on Ravelry.

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  101. definitely swatch when making garments... not so much for blankets, scarves, etc. Carol0305

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  102. I only swatch if the yarn is precious and expensive and if I am using a yarn weight that varies from that recommended by the pattern. I hate to swatch because I always feel like I'm wasting knitting time! Ravelry ID gadabout5

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  103. I swatch things that matter, like sweaters jackets baby clothes things that people wear (or dogs). I don't swatch for scarves donated baby hats and mittens

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  104. I dint usually swatch. I somehow knit to the given gauge of I use the yarn recommended. I mostly use wooden needles, my knitters pride dreams rock..... recently I tried other needle types, and with smaller yarns gauge seems more important. ...
    Ravelry id: prismaticr

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  105. I try to be good about swatching, but most times I'm just too excited to dive into my next project and I bypass the swatch step :/

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  106. Very seldom do I swatch. Measure as I go and adjust accordingly. I am Ensie at ravelry

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  107. I swatch for pullovers and cardigans. I dive right in for scarves, hats, cowls, and shawls and consider how familiar I am with the yarn I'm using, but I go in knowing I might have to rip back and start over. I'd rather start over on a small project than a larger project like a sweater - even though I've been known to start over on a sweater, too!

    LOVE the Novas. I bought one set of Nova Platinas to try, and I'm sold. Can't wait to grow my collection!

    Ravelry ID: diaryofaknitnerd

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  108. I always swatch unless the project is one where gauge doesn't matter! Love your needles.

    Rav ID. Mmhiscox

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  109. I usually swatch with the needles I will use...I don't if size isn't a big matter or I'm making something I've made before, even with different yarn(same weight) like mittens.
    Raverly id simonp3(@gmail.com)

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  110. I swatch for sweaters and hats,but not for scarves or shawls, since fit won't matter.

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  111. Like others, I swatch if size matters (for a garment, usually) or if I don't have a cushion of extra yarn in case the piece ends up bigger than the pattern calls for. I also swatch to get proportions if I want to increase the size of something.

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  112. I'm just a beginner and have usually knit scarves that say gauge doesn't matter. I did knit a "baby" hat, though and didn't swatch and it is way too big. Guess that shows me the importance of swatching. Ravelry ID GiGiGinny

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  113. I swatch for anything bigger than socks. I don't mind ripping back, but the idea of getting to the armholes in a raglan and realizing your gauge is off makes me want to cry.
    Rav ID: tigrerosa

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  114. I swatch on big projects, like sweaters. But, my attention span is short enough that those projects are few and far between! LittleGreyCat on Ravelry

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  115. I am a new knitter so my first projects have been blankets and scarves. But when I start an item that need a gauge, then I will make a swatch. I have heard the knitter's pride needles are terrific.
    Ravelry ID: gigi6

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  116. I once switched from circular to straight needles on a scarf I was knitting, and the difference in guage, tension, etc. was so obvious. Haven't blocked that scarf yet, so I'm hoping to sorta make it look more uniform. But I did learn something from that.

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  117. I swatch mist items. Block it and occasionally hang block to account for stretch. I don't swatch for socks, felted items, mittens....
    Ravelry ID: WickedGoodYarn

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  118. I usually live dangerously and don't swatch. On items where the fit really matters I will.
    Ravelry ID : luluknitty

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  119. I swatch when size matters or if I have a limited amount of yarn and want to make sure I don't run out!
    Rav ID: NaniBear

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  120. Sometimes I swatch, but only if correct sizing is important, like if I'm making a sweater or loves.

    DancingLeaf06 on Ravelry

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  121. I usually am making something where gauge is not an issue but when it is I usually will swatch. Should make it a habit to always swatch. Revelry - elitharp

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  122. I swatch to make sure my Guage is working as a regular exercise with new yarns and patterns. Dianenat on Ravelry

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  123. I try to swatch on something that matters like a sweater or when it's fitted. I admit to chancing it for scarves and such. I'm knit-nut on Ravelry.

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  124. I only swatch when making a garment. I'm usually so excited about starting a new project that I can't stand the thought of "wasting" time on a swatch! My Ravelry ID is akopecky.

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  125. Never swatch. I can't recall when I would've knitted anything from the recommended yarn, either.

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  126. I usually swatch and also usually knit to gauge. I don't swatch baby swaters--I figure they will fit at some point!

    Ravelry ID: knitnut42

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  127. Depends on what I am knitting. Ravelry: susieb

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  128. Yes, I swatch. My Ravelry ID is: paigeems and I would love to win the Nova Platina Starter Set!!!

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  129. I'm a fickle swatcher. If I am making a sweater or other garment project, I do swatch. Blanket, shawl, etc, never.

    One thing I have learned, besides swatch with the needled you will use, is to also swatch "how" you will be knitting. Swatch in the round or swatch straight back and forth. My gauge has been known to change between methods.

    junebug859

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  130. I swatch for garments (sweaters, hats, gloves), but for things that I don't consider critical to get gauge (cowls, scarves, blankets) I don't swatch. I will swatch even on non-critical gauge items if it looks odd compared to the pattern. My Ravelry username is amandaleah.

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  131. Swatching is a good habit. Not only do my projects come out perfectly but I will not run out of yarn. Ravelry: spastitches

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  132. I usually swatch for knitted items like socks to be sure I get gauge correct..

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  133. I swatch for fitted items, sweaters, hats and such. But for other things scarves and shawls I just go with pattern requirements. Rav ID: newwitch

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  134. I hate taking the time to swatch, but dislike even more wasting the time having to re-knit something that isn't working, so I swatch whenever the fit matters! knitmyfinger on Ravelry

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  135. I swatch if making a sweater but as I tend to knit loose for hats, I drop the needle size by 2 sizes. edlingjm@gmail.com

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  136. I know I should swatch, but usually don't - shhh ;) I am azimmern on Ravelry. Would love a new set of needles.

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  137. I don't swatch, but I tend to knit small, stretchy items. This habit has lead to tearing out more than a few projects. Hmmm... Ravelry name monalise

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  138. I did a swatch for a sweater (first time) used a great yarn. Was a top down and the swatch was 1/2 stitch too much and since I like my sweaters with a bit of ease I went for it, with my new cubics. The first sleeve was coming along put the sweater on and there was negative ease :( My sweater is still in the WIP bin. I am gypsytip on Ravelry

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    1. Did you swatch flat or in the round? My flat gauge is looser than my circular gauge due to my purling.

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  139. I swatch for things that need to fit. I've never swatched for a scarf. :) Rav ID rfw3

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  140. I'm fairly new to knitting so haven't needed to swatch much. I anticipate that I will swatch more in the future because I enjoy knitting. Ravelry: mcgilbertson

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  141. I rarely swatch, unless I am making a fitted garment, such as a sweater or vest. For socks, I try on as I go, and rip back if it doesn't fit. I'm NanaCathy on Ravelry.

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  142. I swatch for garments. I have read about people who use the sleeves for swatches but my last three sweaters were top down. czsknits on Ravelry.

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  143. I swatch if it needs to fit. Especially if my yarn is a treasured fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  144. i always swatch! saves many tears later!
    rav id: pookie17

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  145. I swatch for sweaters, but generally not for anything else.
    Lola613 on Ravelry

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  146. I swatch anything that has to fit. If not, I still go down 2 needle sizes because I knit so loose. Rav name, lisafamily

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  147. I always swatch for sweaters and for things I'm making for others that have to fit (since try on as I go wouldn't work for that) - mrsalemp on ravelry

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  148. I swatched early in my "career", but lately I've become rather a swashbuckler. This backfired recently on a hat that came out much too big. I guess I'd better start swatching again!

    Thanks for the great blogs and giveaways! My Ravelry ID: eclaasse

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  149. I don't ever swatch. I've been pretty lucky that everything has turned out well enough that it justifies my swatch laziness.
    (having said that, my current project will probably end up the wrong size)

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  150. I don't always swatch but when I do...it's because I'm making a sweater or using a yarn or needle I am unfamiliar with.
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway. My Rav ID is: mim

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  152. As a Contract Knitter I swatch all the time. Working with Knitwear designers has taught me so much, swatching being the most important way to start.

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  153. never used to do it- but have recently started- it makes sense!
    mooskers5@gmail.com

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  154. I swatch when I'm making a sweater - but adjust when making hats/scarves/etc... aske8653

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  155. I swatch for sweaters and tops, but practically never for shawls or socks. I used to cheat with my swatches, and not block, or just knit enough to be able to measure them, but I've learned the hard way how important it is to swatch completely and well!

    Rav name: Rora114

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  156. I normally swatch when it matters. On larger projects like sweaters, I often start with the sleeve and use that as a gauge swatch. It gives a more accurate gauge and takes into account the weight of the garment.
    Ravelry ID: yards-of-yarn

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  157. I don't ever swatch, but I haven't been brave enough to try something like a sweater yet either! I do knit lots of dishcloths (why does everyone I know want a dozen at the time?? lol) so maybe that counts for something? Thanks for this chance to win! I'm deowall on Ravelry.

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  158. I always search when fit matters. I continue to check gauge along the way. I don't want the gauge smack down and a trip to the frog pond ;-) yarnoveratl

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  159. i didn't swatch until my most gorgeous sweater turned out too short---so now i've learned---swatch, check and rejoice at the finish project
    now that i've said that, i've learned to go up one needle size cuz i knit tight....
    oh please pick me!!!!!
    i hope i win!!!

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  160. Do not like swatching. Not that I'm too lazy to knit an extra piece, but usually I am very impatient to wait until the piece is dry after washing and steamed (this is what we have to do to get the proper gauge, right?)
    Marmaris at Ravelry

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  161. I know that I typically hit gauge with the recommended needle size, so I do not swatch for smaller projects or shawls. I do swatch for sweaters and socks.
    Rav ID moBecky

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  162. I swatch for large projects like sweaters. I love making swatches and petting them! Ravelry name is redcowss

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  163. Elaine Patterson28 October 2014 at 06:32

    When fit matters then I swatch. Otherwise, no - it just feels like an unnecessary step.

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  164. I swatch sweaters, skirts and the dress I made. It does make a difference, especially since I'm petite. (Ravelry ID: lorettadermes)

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  165. I swatch for sweaters but not for scarfs, afghans or cowls. Ravelry - cmw113

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  167. It depends on the project, but I always swatch on sweaters.

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  168. I don't like to swatch but I learned I better do it, or I will need to undo my work. I would love to win this amazing set!My ravelry ID is AlyonaMilena

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  169. I admit it I never swatch! When I'm going to start something fitted I'm surrounded by knitters so there's plenty of advice. I always have socks and shawls in the works. I'm forever scrounging around for needles! Thanks for the contest!
    MzMar on Raverly

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  170. I don't swatch properly, but I only knit socks & lace shawls. On socks I knit toe up & if the stitch count is off when it fits my toes I either name the thing swatch & try another needle or modify the design.
    BlueZamia on Ravelry

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  171. I swatch when the yarn/needle is new to me. I've worked with so many different yarns and needles over the years that I can usually get gauge unless it is something very new and have a preference for wooden needles over others. I also like the Philosopher's Wool POV on swatching, start with a sleeve first and adjust as necessary, the first few inches usually even out in the changes.

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  172. I generally don't swatch, but thenI don't make many sweaters, mostly socks, hats, and shawls. I do keep track of needle size, yarn, pattern and fit for the socks for future reference.

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  173. I swatch everything, even if I use them same yarn and needles used in the pattern. I have learned the hard way. DenyseC on Ravelry.

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  174. I swatch for larger projects like cardigans, but not for scarves, blankets, or hats usually.

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  175. I swatch on things were guage matters (like garments). If I'm making another garment with the same style yarn/needles, but just a different color, I'm much more lax. I've sometimes had to adjust length, though.

    Rav ID: gelert

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  176. I swatch for sweaters, but not for mittens, hats, and blankets. I like the idea of using a sleeve as a swatch. I will try that next sweater.

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  177. Swatches lie! Knitting a small swatch is different from doing a large project so if I'm doing a sweater I find that if I do one size smaller and use one size smaller needle everything usually works out fine. shelstev on Rav

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  178. I swatch for garments but sometimes don't for accessories.
    Rav ID: sandyknits88

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  179. For sweaters, I always always knit a large swatch with the needles I plan to use for the project. I also wash and block the swatch.
    I've knitted so many socks that I find I really don't have to swatch unless the pattern is intricate. For hats and mittens I have to say I rarely swatch--and they always come out just fine.

    Rav ID: Judyby1

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  180. I usually make small things, so the project is the gauge swatch. Sometimes I make shawls or scarfs, so gauge doesn't matter. Shananv on Ravelry

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  181. I only swatch for sweaters...and maybe mittens.
    Ravelry ID... Jellyrose

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  182. I've never swatched before... ��

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  183. I swatch for garments, but not scarves, hats or socks.

    RAV ID: mayeah

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  184. I never used to, but I've recently started.
    Rav id : ezeldabeth

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  185. I've only swatched once when I was using a different yarn for a Fair Isle hat and there was a lot of adjustment to be done.

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  186. As a new knitter, I am trying to get into the habit of doing a guage swatch. It's hard when you are so excited about a project.
    Ravelry ID : NerdyGirl88

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  187. I always swatch, if you count knitting the whole article, finding it doesn't fit, frogging it and redoing it with adjustments…. It's kind of like a big swatch, right? :p - Yamamama on Rav

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  188. I did do a swatch for my current project, but it is an intricate sweater and I was concerned about getting the size right; otherwise, I don't, which would explain the oven mitt sized mittens......

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