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Topic: Gauge Swatching - Socks  (Read 543 times)
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« on: October 10, 2007 07:23:01 AM »

Is there anything different about swatching for socks?  Since my first sock didn't work out I'm frogging and restarting from scratch, including making new gauge swatches just to make sure, I'm also starting a different pattern based on the links I was given in my other post w/ a different yarn so I'm swatching that too.

What is your preferred method of swatching?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007 08:32:58 AM »

What is your preferred method of swatching?

For socks? I just knit, try on, and re-do if it doesn't fit. And if it does fit, I just continue knitting the sock. It's one reason I like toe-ups instead of cuff-down, it's fewer stitches to cast on if/when I need to rip out and re-knit. 

Be sure you do the swatch in the round, in case your gauge is different knitting flat vs in the round.

« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007 10:50:15 AM »

Definitely swatch in the round if you're going to knit in the round.  I'm a very tight knitter when I knit flat (usually have to go up 2 needle sizes), but I'm a lot more loose when knitting in the round and often have to go down a needle size.
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007 02:09:16 PM »

Yeah, I just knit a gauge swatch in the round, and use my flexible tape measure.

There's a way to make a "faux-round" swatch that lays flat, but I haven't had much success with it - my gauge is always really off when I try that method.

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