10 Reasons to Swatch Other Than Checking the Gauge
1. Do I like how the yarn will look with the stitch pattern? Swatching is a great way to find out.
2. Do I like the yarn? I mean, I liked it when I bought it, but do I enjoy knitting with it? Will it work the way I thought it would for this project?
3. Practice. When you're swatching, you can not only practice the stitch pattern, but you can practice different techniques, like Intarsia, or steeking, or you can make two swatches and work on your sewing techniques to sew them together.
|Cutting the steek on a swatch is a good way to try it out.|
4. Decision making. Sometimes, a pattern leaves certain decisions up to the knitter, for instance, how increases and decreases are handled within or at the edges of a cable pattern.You can work that into your swatch to see what looks best to you.
5. The label says it's machine-washable, but is it really? I was weighing the pros and cons of using some of my leftover yarn to make a pair of socks for someone, then thought I'd better test the supposed washability. Luckily, I still had a swatch from the other project I had made with it, so into the wash it went, and came back rather felted. No harm done, and decision made.
6. Can I iron this? Test it on the swatch.
9. Someday when you need yarn to repair a hole, or a thin patch at the elbow, a spot that snagged, or a hem that needs reinforcing, you can frog that swatch and use the yarn to fix it.
10. Too many projects on the needles to start a new thing, but you're tired of all of them or they're not quite right for a travel project? Start a swatch for the next thing. It's not like you're actually starting a new project. Not yet anyhow. You're just swatching, and it was just the thing to bring along.