Caring and Feeding of the Knitting Swatch

Organizing your Knitting Swatch Information
Keep all of your knitting swatch information. Tie a tag to its corner with all of its vital statistics: date, manufacturer, name of the yarn, fiber content, care instructions and the exact needles used for the swatch. You can even include the cost and where you purchased it. Wrap the swatch in acid-free tissue paper and carefully file it in a fire-proof file cabinet by fiber content or manufacturer.

Having this information at your fingertips can be beneficial. It may save you from duplicating this effort in the future. If you plan on studying (or even dabbling in) pattern design, this detailed information can help with your efforts. And if you are the sort of person who likes to make lists, then this is the system for you.

If you are not ready for this level of commitment to your knitting swatch, do not fret. You can come up with your own less obsessive filing system that works for you. Or you can jot down the basic information in your knitting journal including yarn, needle size and washing instructions. Your knitting journal can be an actual book, a WordPad file or a blog post. Put it in a spot where you can find it again easily.

Give Your Knitting Swatch a Happy Afterlife
What should you do if you don't want to file your knitting swatch? Your first option is to rip it out and use it in your project or save the yarn for an oddball project.

If you are loathe to rip out this milestone after just completing it, there are other options. You can save all of your knitting swatches to sew or crochet together into a crazy afghan. This is appealing for the same reason that a homemade patchwork quilt is treasured. You can snuggle up under this wild creation and reminisce.

Another clever option is to follow the directions and free knitting pattern provided by Heartstring Fiberarts to magically create a sweet bunny from a simple, knitted square at http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/bunny-pattern.shtm.

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