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  1. Barbara Wyant
    October 31, 2018 @ 10:42 am

    I have for many years wanted to figure out color work, but I am not brave enough to try. I keep track of you folks, but have not been able to do as much knitting since I had a stroke, though I am back to doing everything I had done before – just have to relearn it. HAHA I would love to try this tutorial. Thanks for your many posts.

    • Emily Wessel
      November 1, 2018 @ 8:47 am

      Good luck relearning knitting, I hope it is a pleasure! One stitch at a time :)

  2. Patty
    October 23, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

    Okay. A question here. Why cut a steek swatch when the sweater is in the round. Why not do let’s say a cowl, throw in some patterning and knit. Wash and measure gauge. Steeking is useful if you are going to make a cardigan (you don’t have to purl, and you are doing the sweater in a circular manner). If it is a traditional pullover, you wouldn’t use a steek. Also would you not get a weird gauge? the yarn will do its magic by relaxing after washing and blocking. I would think the cutting the steek swatch would decrease the tension of the yarn thereby fooling with an accurate gauge measurement. Shouldn’t your swatch be done in the same manner as your sweater? I think a cowl or sleeve would be a better way to measure your knitting. I am interested to hear people’s response.

    • alexaludeman
      October 23, 2018 @ 1:51 pm

      Hi Patty – Good question. Steeking the swatch means I can make a smaller swatch, but have a larger area to measure gauge over. If I knit a 6″ tube I only have 2.5-3″ to measure across, but I would much rather cut the swatch open to measure across 4 or 5 inches for a more accurate measurement. The important thing is whether or not the swatch was knit in the round, not whether the final product is round or flat.

      Steeking would certainly give an accurate measurement at the center of the swatch. It might be a little off at the edges but a round swatch will be a little off at the join.

      A steeked swatch IS done in the same manner as your sweater. It is knit in the round, just like a round pullover.

  3. miss agnes
    October 23, 2018 @ 8:58 am

    Thank you so much for this free pattern and this great collection of motifs, a fantastic way to try out colorwork and have fun with swatches.