...to the Machine Knitting 101 blog. Over the next few months, I'm going to post pictures of various MK techniques, so this will become an online reference guide for how things look!

There will be pictures of various cast-ons, cast-offs, cables etc. It should be an interesting resource!

Thursday, 25 September 2008

How to measure a swatch

swatch, originally uploaded by steel breeze.

I photocopied both sides of my green ruler to illustrate measuring a swatch. You would knit 40 sts by 60 rows (I have left needle 21 out of work on both sides). You would then use the S side to measure stitches, and the R side to measure rows. You put the arrow base on one end, and read the number on the other side - this gives you sts or rows per 10cm

In this instance, the tension is 30 sts and 39 rows to 10cm. Normally you would take an average of 3 measurements each way, and your swatch would be pinned flat - this swatch is distorted because it has been taped down to a piece of paper.

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