September Swatch Project

Yesterday I posted a photo to instagram with the announcement that this September I’m going to post a daily pic of a swatch I’m working on. Why should you pay attention? These pics will lead to tips and lessons about specific yarns, thoughts about the swatching process (swatching for fun and for size), and eventually new designs.

What’s the September Swatch Project?

Every day I’ll post a swatch to instagram. Each week here on the website I’ll write a tip about swatching or something I’ve learned while working with different stitches and yarns. Not every swatch will be knit. Some will be crocheted. Others may find themselves woven.

Black & White Tuxedo Kitten with Poison Apple colour Oink Pigments garter stitch swatch.

This is the first swatch of the project, knit in Oink Pigments new yarn, Mystic. This DK weight is 230yd (210m)/100g of 100% Extra Fine Superwash Merino. Shown in colourway Poison Apple.

Many will be yarns I’ve committed to writing about, so you’ll see lots of Anzula and Oink Pigments.

Leaning Stripe Swatch in Mrs Crosby Carpet Bag with Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and "The Witch Who Came in From the Cold" books in background.Others will be for my curiosity. Such as today’s swatch in Mrs Crosby’s Carpet Bag. It’s another DK weight and is 240yd (219m)/100g of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% silk. However, not all characteristics are similar. Yesterday’s Oink Pigments Mystic is a very round 3-ply, this is a single ply.

Generally I’m not a fan of single plys, but as I work more with them, I’ve found some stitches that work better than others. I’m participating in a Brioche KAL project, so this unique stitch is on my brain. I’m thinking of similar stitches and different ways to create them. I like single-ply for brioche so this is a good pairing that will help me work on different variations and other similar stitches. Shown is the Leaning Stripe Pattern from The Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. It’s worked with slipped and twisted stitches.

Yes, sometimes a foster kitten becomes a forever kitten! She’s still stealing yarn and may influence what I choose to swatch with.

Two days complete, twenty-eight to go!

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