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A Swatch Guide and the Importance of a Good Gauge

I've been experimenting with some different yarn types lately and have been really intrigued with mohair and merino wool knit together using a technique called "double stranding" where the two yarns are held together and knit as if they are one. To see my swatch, make sure to check out my post Knitting with two strands of yarn - mohair and merino . As much as I love to dive right into a knit project, it is very important to get a sample swatch knit first and make sure that the gauge matches the pattern. What is a gauge you ask? And how do you use it? Let me tell you what I know and convince you to always knit a swatch and calculate your gauge before starting any knit project! What is a gauge swatch?    How to do a good gauge swatch Depending on the yarn you are working with, you will use the recommended needle size and determine how many stitches to cast on in order to get a 4" by 4" square. The label should provide some gauge for suggested needle size for eith

Knitting in the round versus working flat, what’s the difference?

If you've been following my projects at all you can tell that I absolutely LOVE knitting in the round and ever since I started constructing sweaters from the top down knit in the round, I have never gone back to flat pieces sewn together. Working a project in the round allows for no seams so when you bind off , you have hardly any finishing to do! Plus you can try on as you go to make sure it will fit. Working flat is a more traditional method and allows you to work with small pieces at a time then put them all together so you don't have a gigantic clothing item on your needles you have to constantly turn and knit. There are certainly a lot of pros to working in the round. Regardless of what construction I'm doing, when I start a project I have been creating a flat gauge swatch (at least I try to be good and knit a gauge swatch, but it doesn't always happen...) It had never occurred to me that I should be doing a gauge in the round if I'm going to be working that