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Productive Fair Isle Swatching

A common practice for swatching on Shetland is to knit a hat. It allows knitters to test out patterns and colors, and confirm their gauge. In the end, the knitter will have a hat that will surely fit someone, and their time and yarn will be put to productive use.

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A red shawl, unblocked, against a brown wooden backgroun.

Designers: Gauge is important! (Yes, even for shawls.)

Yes, I bear some of the responsibility for not remembering to check gauge before hand and for not contacting the designer when I saw that information was missing. But for the designer to not even include it really, really annoys me. It reflects a lack of respect for her own designs as well as for the time and resources of those who will knit her patterns.

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Anne Frost

knitter & podcaster

The host of the I Thought I Knew How Podcast and Online International Fiber Festival.

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