Swatch it!

The project I’m working on now is a good example of why it’s so important to swatch when machine knitting.  It’s a cabled cardigan and as you can see from this picture it looks HUGE when on the machine compared to after.  The piece on the machine is the left front and the piece laying on top of the Bond is the right front–or vice versa, I forget! 🙂 Anyway,  they will be the same size when off the machine.  The piece on the machine goes almost right to the edges of the picture and is almost twice as wide as it will be.

When you swatch…MAKE NOTES on what you did!  I swatched for this project and liked the pattern but it was too loosely knit.  Made a second sample and it was just what I wanted.  Set it aside to rest a day, then washed and dried it.  In the meantime I did up a quick pillow for the dogs.  Unfortunately I put both keyplates on the table behind the machine and, when I started the sweater, instead of using the 2 (clear) keyplate I used the Dot 2 (clear) keyplate (makes bigger stitches).  Over a period of several days I knit the back, set it aside to rest, knit one front…measured the back…argh!!  Way too big!  Then I realized my mistake.  Yup, had to rip out the whole thing and start over.  Thank goodness for yarn winders!

I only have half of the second sleeve and the collar left to knit now.  Then finishing & installing the zipper.  Hoping to be done by the end of this weekend.

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