Saturday, March 1, 2008

A Whole Lot of Swatchin' Goin' On...

I'm always amazed that some stitchers don't like to swatch -- for me it's the fun part of the project, in addition to being a fantastic time saver. So much better to spend 15 minutes finding out you really hate working a particular stitch pattern instead of taking all that time with a project that isn't giving you any happiness in the execution. But, to each her/his own, and here's a few I have been working on lately.

This simple square motif is from a Brazilian site (can't get a working link, the address is, it's from issue #17 Colete Ventura. Instructions are in Portuguese (nope, don't speak it) but are also charted, and I do speak Symbolcraft. It's made in Rowan Handknit Cotton, which I am trying for the first time. The swatch is quite firm, which tells me I could most likely go up a hook size, although for that particular garment I may want firmer motifs.

Next we have two random motifs from a Japanese crochet stitch compendium --

They're done in Italy Baby from Plymouth Yarn Company -- 100% cotton, 178 m./50g. I like both of them, but they may turn out to be too large for a project I have in mind.

And yet another random motif, also from the Japanese book, but this time in Rowan Handknit Cotton --

I like the design, but the yarn is too heavy for the hook size I used. It's also on the large size to use in a garment -- try again!

This time I went with an allover pattern from a different Japanese stitch dictionary:
Also in Rowan Handknit Cotton, but this time the yarn/hook/stitch all work together for me. I have a feeling that this may turn into a sweet little spring topper in the not too distant future -- where's my pencil and paper? -- it's time for some pattern math!


Mary Sarah said...

I love all of these swatches! They're just fun to look at. Can't wait to see what you do with the last one!

Karen said...

Actually, Mary Sarah, I can't wait to see what it will become either! It's funny how you will start out in one direction, then end up somewhere completely different -- time will tell.