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Our goal is to teach beginning knitters some tricks of the trade as well as to work enough swatches to have a finished afghan by the end of the year! Join along with us as we learn about patterns, cables, lace, and some other handy techniques! A new pattern will become available each month ranging from newbie to adventurous. So stop on by, pick your pattern and knit along with us!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Last week, I had a couple of questions from knitters about some inconsistencies in the size of their squares.  Here are a couple of ideas/ solutions on how to get a more uniform product.

First, please notice that the squares don't always have the same number of cast on stitches in the beginning.  This will make a difference in the size of your square.  A square with a cast on of 42 stitches will be smaller than a square with a cast on of 46 stitches.  Blocking will (hopefully) correct most of these issues (squares within an inch to an inch and a half difference).  Blocking uses water or steam to stretch and straighten out the squares.

For those squares that have come out larger (or smaller) than an inch to an inch and a half in difference, I would recommend taking a look at your tension.  Some patterns, especially those that have a great deal of patterning, can challenge our tension.  Even the most seasoned knitters can struggle with this.  If your square seems exceptionally huge (or tiny) compared with your average square, there is hope!  Try changing your needle size.  For squares that are larger than average, try using a smaller size needle.  A smaller needle will make your stitches smaller, and therefore make your swatch smaller.  Likewise, if your square is exceptionally small, go up a needle size.  Make sure to knit a couple of inches before you compare sizes.  Keep adjusting your needle size until you are satisfied with the size. 

I hope this helps!  If you have any questions or comments, please email me at yearofswatches@gmail.com and I will try to answer to the best of my abilities :)

Happy Knitting!

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