What can you do with a gauge swatch?
You can measure your gauge swatch between selvage stitches using a tape measure, as the first two squares show. Or you can use a stitch gauge in the center of your swatch and count the stitches and rows inside the 2″/5cm right-angle opening, as shown in the third square.
Should I go up a needle size when knitting Colorwork?
— often, it is not uncommon for knitters to knit stranded colorwork with a tighter than usual tension, due to the mechanics of alternating between multiple working yarns. Going up a needles size can help compensate for this tighter tension.
Is it hard to knit Fair Isle?
Fair Isle Knitting: It’s Easier than You Think
It isn’t much more complicated than knitting or purling in one color, but it can produce some really stellar fabrics. Basically, you’ll work a few stitches in one color, then the next few in a second color—both balls of yarn always staying attached to the work.
Does blocking make knitting bigger?
It’s possible to block knitting about 5% smaller in size.
It was fiddly to reduce the size of the swatch, but it was successful.