Sunday, March 4, 2007

First Swatches

Hi Everyone! I am so happy to be able to show off my first swatches. All of these patterns are from the Vogue Stitchionary Volume One.

The first is Stockinette Window Pane (#160 in the book if you are following along):


Next is the Diagonal Slip Stitch (#55):



This one needs a little blocking as you can see. The last one I finished is the Woven Herringbone (#52):

Basically, I decided to make each square 4x4 inches, and adjusted the needle size or number of stitches until I got to the proper size, or at least close to it. I figure that I can block them all to the same size if I need to.
Wendy had a question about yarn recommendations (from the previous post), so please chime in if you have any advice. I chose wool for my blanket just because it is so warm. The Knit Picks Wool of the Andes is also very affordable, which influenced my decision. A natural fiber should also work well if I need to block these out to make them the same size. The one thing I did not consider is that hand washing an entire afghan could be a challenge, so if washing is a concern, you might consider a yarn such as an acrylic or superwash wool that you can throw in the washing machine. That's my two cents, but I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks as well.
Until later, happy knitting!

1 comment:

Hummie said...

This is something I always wanted to learn to do, but never have! I enjoyed seeing these different kinds of stitches.