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Friday, April 15, 2011

N is for Novice, the novice at crochet and knitting

All sizes and shapes make them fun to put together, if I cared to.
For the crochet/knitting novice out there, you may recall I spoke recently about swatches in the post about making sweaters. A swatch is just a practice piece to see if you like the feel of the pattern. Doing a swatch, either in knitting or crochet, will help you decide if it's easy to do or too difficult to make, helps you decide on size needles or hook to use and how the final product may look in your yarn choice.It's also a great way to get rid of tiny bits of leftover yarn that you work together to make multi-colored designs.
I have loads of Swatches and each is marked with the name of the pattern used.
 They can be fun to make, these swatches, and if you gather a few dozen and sew them together, you'll have yourself a rather crazy throw, lap blanket, cushion cover, scarf or shawl.

I have a wild and extended collection of swatches, but according to the experts, this is typical of all crocheters and knitters.So, there you have the swatch and all its wonders. Aren't you glad you asked?

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