Gauge Swatch - What do you do with it after?

I finished my first sock (proof-of-concept) following a step-by-step pattern from the website. It was a 20 stitch deal on 3 size 8 DPN's, so no one could possibly wear it. But, it let me practice the whole process. (

That being said, I have found what I want to do with my skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease. (Yes, I know it is heinous, but I already have it and am not going to throw it away unused!) I found a pattern on their website for basic socks on Size 4/5 DPN's using one skein of the yarn. My questions are - how big of a swatch do I need to knit? What do I do with that after it is done? I'm just concerned it will eat up enough yarn that I won't be able to complete both socks, even though it's supposed to be enough...



steve kadel's picture

the swatch is to gauge your work and i tried to work without them, but to disasterous results. you can knit it, measure it (some recommend blocking the swatch for real accuracy) and frog it and reuse the yarn. it doesn't work so well if you block.

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purlyman's picture

I usually do the swatch to figure out the gauge and all that good stuff... then I frog it and use the yarn in the actual project.


myser10's picture

I use a swatch for a project I may be deciding myself, but i usually just start the project, measure, and if the gauge is way off readjust to fit the gauge needed.

MMario's picture

Some people do their gauge swatches and then keep them in a notebook for future reference. Some use the swatches to produce pieced afghans or laprobes. Others try to always do a swatch in a size that can be used as a facecloth.

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Tallguy's picture

Most times, I keep the swatch as a reference to put into a book (yah, sure). If I find I am short at the end of a project, I will rip out the swatch and use it. And blocking does not harm it at all.