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Have you ever made a Crochet Sweater Design that just didn't fit?

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I've made many sweaters and crochet wearables in my time, and certainly made a few mistakes along the way. The time I made a sweater for my daughter that just ended up massive with arms that would have fit a gorilla!

Or the time I made matching cardigans for my friends twins and they came out big enough to fit a kitten! (Excuse to use a cute cat picture on my blog).

Yes, perhaps I have over compensated for gauge issues in extremes in the past. And this is why I now swatch carefully, sometimes several times before I commit to a full size garment when I consider crochet sweater design principals.

Wouldn't it be great to get accurate results from your swatch? How big should it be, really? Should I go up or down a hook size? Do I really have to wash it and dry it? Are swatches really necessary? What stitch pattern should be used?

I get it, you are all excited to cast on a new project and you just want to get stuck in. But what if you are designing a garment pattern for other people to follow. Wouldn't you want your customers to get repeatable results from your patterns?

Swatching is essential! Yes, it might seem wasteful, especially when you are stash diving and are limited on yarn choices. There are ways to make your swatches so that you can reuse the yarn if meterage is getting tight. Or one of my favourite designers uses a pocket or sleeve as the gauge swatch so you really do fell like you are making progress and nothing is wasted. I would much rather 'waste' a few meters on getting a good swatch that won't lie to me, than to complete a full size garment that just doesn't fit... again!

The measurements you get from a proper sized and treated swatch are the key to great garment design.

This is just one of the tips I cover in my Swatch to Sweater mini-course coming soon!

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crochet sweater design course

The information contained above is provided for information purposes only. The contents of this article are not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on any of the contents of this article. Professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from taking any action as a result of the contents of this article. Lyndsey Allen disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this article.

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