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Topic: What do you do with your swatches?  (Read 215 times)
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« on: November 05, 2007 08:24:25 PM »

Hi everyone, I'm new here  Grin
Just picked up knitting about 6-7 weeks ago, inspired by my newborn daughter.

Was wondering if you gals usually rip out swatches after measuring the gauge and use the yarn for the intended project?
I just bought some very expensive merino wool yarn and it seems to be a waste to knit a swatch and leave it as it is.

Also, will the yarn be 'damaged' if I rip out the swatch?

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007 08:31:58 PM »

I generally rip mine out.  It won't hurt the yarn unless you do it over and over and over with the same  yarn, but that's not usually the case.  I know people who hold onto their swatches, which is probably wiser.  Since you are only using about 1 yard of yarn anyway its not really a waste of yarn either.

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007 08:35:08 PM »

I usually reuse the swatch yarn. I generally roll it into a small ball and save it for the seaming (if there is any) or in case a big "oops!" occurs and I need extra yarn on hand (like the time I cut a hole in my very first sweater 5 minutes after it was complete...that was a BIG oops!).

As to the question of damage, that depends on the yarn. Some yarn frogs (rips out) better than others. A lot of chenille type or fuzzy yarns are a real pain to frog and can be damaged. Others are quite easy to frog and there's little to no noticeable difference between the yarn in the skein and the yarn that's been frogged. It really depends on the yarn, so I would do a quick test after you've completed your swatch.

I like to do personal swaps now and again.

I knit, crochet, and make stitch markers.

Just pm me if you wanna swap. Smiley
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