The gauge swatch

So, to do this thing right, I am doing a gauge swatch. Actually, I do one for each project I work on... well, almost always. It sure does save a lot of time.

I thought that 4.0 mm would work with this yarn, and started knitting a little sample. And it is a nice fabric, but these are socks, and I want it to be long-wearing, which means tightly knit. So I went down to 3.25 mm and that is a lot better -- that's what I want!

I am going to do the sock in 3/1 rib, with stocking stitch on the toe and sole, so the swatch used both of these patterns. I also did it in both yarns I am going to use. The white is a little thinner than the grey, but who will notice?

So I have now decided which needle size to use for the socks and the stitch pattern. One thing you will notice, that even in this small little sample, there is a great difference in the width using different needles, and the different stitch patterns. Note to self: this might be important!

So now all I need to do is cast on and get knitting! I plan on doing these toe-up, two at a time, using Judy Becker's cast-on method -- I like that the best. I'll be back soon with a progress report.

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Bradferd's picture

I like the gray color... I bet it will make some great socks.

albert's picture

Gauge swatching: can't live with it, can't live without it (though we do try, don't we?!)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have been cheating and following this on TallGuy's blog. Therefore, I hope I won't give anything away by saying that I also agree about the gray being nice for socks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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