Free EBooks



Spice Up Your Knitting

Oct 1, 2007

Alternating Twists from Cables & Arans

I am a stitch geek. I'm fascinated by the different ways that the humble knit stitch and the unassuming purl stitch get together and make a gadzillion different glorious combinations. My stitch dictionaries are stained with the love born of long and constant use; they tend to be found strewn around my living room, adorned with dozens of colorful stickies, rather than neatly lined up on my bookshelf.

A good stitch book can be the knitter's equivalent of a well-stocked spice cabinet: Take a familiar recipe, add a dash of lace, or a pinch of texture, and the result is something uniquely yours. Stitch dictionaries can be especially helpful if you are not quite ready to jump off into designing your own sweaters (yet!), but you want to add your own special touches to your knitting.

Which stitch to use where?

Scale: Just like spices, some stitch patterns are strong; a little goes a long way! Others are subtle; you can use them all over a large bag and not have it overwhelm the bag. (Think of the difference between a small, delicate floral print that works well on a blouse, versus a large, colorful floral print that might work better on your sofa.) However, if you are in love with a large-scale pattern, you can get a really interesting effect by using a single repeat in unexpected places. For example: Remember the cute pink Knitting Needle Knitting Bag from last week? What if you knitted that bag all in stockinette stitch, with just a single band of a cable stitch or lace pattern across the front? That way, you could make as many of the bags as you wanted to, and no two would be alike.

Gauge and sizing: Be aware that some stitch patterns will draw in your knitting a bit (cables, twisted stitches), while others will expand the fabric a little (lace and eyelets). A single repeat, used as a design element, will affect the finished size a little; an all-over extravaganza of pattern will affect the finished size a lot!

The best way to get to know a stitch, and the effect it will have on your knitting, is the same approach used by cooks when faced with a new spice: look at how the unfamiliar "ingredient" is used in other recipes, and then experiment for yourself.

Yes, I am talking about swatching. Yes, I know: Booorrrring.

But what if you thought about the swatches as squares for an afghan? Small pillows to spice up your bedroom? Pockets? Washcloths? You can even do what a friend of mine does with her swatches: She carefully blocks them and frames them and hangs them on her wall. How about that for knitterly art?

Do you have a creative way to put your swatches to use?


Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.


Knit Cardigan Patterns From Knitting Daily: 7 FREE Knitting Patterns

Every knitter has dreamed of the perfect cardigan pattern that he or she might knit some day. From a cozy cable knit to luminous lace, this free ebook will be your dream come true. This is a wonderful and varied collection of cardigans-which is one of the most important pieces in your wardrobe. You'll want to make every one of these knit cardigan patterns, so download your free eBook now and get started (and don’t forget to tell a friend so they can enjoy their own copy!).

Download Your Free eBook Today



Related Posts
+ Add a comment


AbbyM wrote
on Oct 10, 2007 2:06 PM
I use swatches to try out new stitch patterns and then turn them into bibs or burp cloths for my baby girl. That way, I get to have fun knitting a new design and get something pratical out of it. Because, really, you can't have enough bibs or burp cloths for babies!
AbbyM wrote
on Oct 10, 2007 2:06 PM
I use swatches to try out new stitch patterns and then turn them into bibs or burp cloths for my baby girl. That way, I get to have fun knitting a new design and get something pratical out of it. Because, really, you can't have enough bibs or burp cloths for babies!
Rathanasiou wrote
on Oct 8, 2007 5:10 AM
On the issue of what we do with all the swatches, I plan on using them as patch squares for blankets for my little girl's dolls.
Rosie A., Greece
lerikson80 wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 11:49 AM
***SAVING THE STITCH OF THE DAY*** The SOD is an IMAGE not TEXT. No need to cut and past it to a word program. Just RIGHT CLICK over the image, go to SAVE PICTURE AS, then give it a name (or keep the name that comes in, but that isn't very helpful), and put it in a folder. I created a desktop folder named Stitch of the Day, and each page is there. When I want to see a page, I just open it with my image viewing program (microscoft picture and fax viewer works for me), and I can look at it, print it, whatever. You could divide this folder into subfolders with the names of the 3 different stitch books, and there you have it. No fuss.
AnnR wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 11:21 AM
I didn't get a Knitting Daily yesterday-Oct.2
LMB12480 wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 10:37 AM
I didn't get a Knitting Daily email yesterday (Oct 2) so I missed the gathered stitch on the Stitch of the Day page. :(
leiabelle wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 8:35 AM
I haven't been able to see any of the stitches at all, even with the pop-up blocker turned off. I'm using IE7, if that helps.
JoyJ wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 8:25 AM
***reply to Denise W. I have also gotten a similar problem, but this is how I have solved it. I right-click on the picture and choose copy. I then pasted it to Word, and have reduced the size of the picture. As it reduces, the rest of the rows appear at the bottom. My picture is now 9.58inches [height] by 3.13inches(width)

I hope this helps.
AIRknitter wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 8:17 AM
Sandi got a great rightup in "Simply Knitting" from the UK. It's on page 82.
on Oct 3, 2007 7:22 AM
Well on Monday i could highlight an area on the stitch of the day and print off selection. today i can't do that. when i highlight it takes the whole thing now and won't let me print the selection. pasting it into Word causes it to stop the "picture" at row 17. clicking on the stitch of the day page and choosing print, ONLY gives me to the 23rd row and that wastes two sides of paper with "ads" to get even that. as tuesday's stitch of the day (october 2, Papyrus Lace with no knitting daily post to go with it)is about to disappear, I will try to type up from row 23 so I can finish the stitch. me thinks you still have some bugs in the system. but nice idea. i anxiously await when i won't need to type up the stitch of the day.
MargaretJ wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 9:07 PM
I save them all in a basket and frequently go back and fondle them and dream about future projects. I also learned the hard way to label them with the yarn, the needle size and what stitch pattern I used. I just use those little tags on strings which I can tie on to the swatch. And yes, I even save the boring old stockinette gauge swatches. There has been more than once that I've bought a new yarn, thought this is just like that other one - now where is the swatch and what size needle did I use???
Kimberly@2 wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 8:34 PM
I used to knit swatches to save in a sort of reference library fashion. That was until the day my daughter objected. She said, "That's too pretty. It has to be something. What is it?". Her son picked it right out of her hands and said, "That is a donkey blanket.", and wrapped it around his favorite stuffie. So now I knit donkey blankets, and as new ones are created the old ones are sneaked back to be recycled into my reference files.
Casey wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 8:33 PM
Random swatches? That's how I learned cabling! Shortly after I mastered knit and purl, I bought three of the Walker stitch treasuries and knitted swatch after swatch after swatch of beautiful cables. I'd intended to use them to design a cabled afghan, but drastically changed the design and had a bunch of cable swatches in a bag for years. When I had to do a demonstration on cabling, though, I was very well prepared.
Minou wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 8:18 PM
Could you please find some way to include the Stitch of the Day so that the ad pop up blockers don't block it? I run an anti-virus program and two spyware blockers and I don't know where to begin to turn off the pop up blockers.

I enjoy the Knitting Daily posts very much and thank you for the work that goes into preparing them.

Thanks for your consideration!

Minou Shelton
Short Gap, West Virginia
KristinP wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 6:13 PM
I often use my "swatches" to make little cozy's for my mp3 player or phone. It's a great way to get the feel for a certain stitch and play around with being creative without having to follow a pattern. My current "swatch" is a moss stitch, with brown and green cotton/tencel blend yarn. It's becomming a cozy for my mp3 player... I may even do some embroidery with it! :D
Clmd wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 4:04 PM
I sometimes donate some of my swatches to Project Linus. Love the new stitch of the day link.
DianeD@2 wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 2:46 PM
Oh, I love today's stitch (Tuesday - gathered stitch). I bet it looks the same on both sides. Perfect for one of my many scarves!
WrenN wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 2:00 PM
Sandi - Sorry for OT comment, but I'm wondering if there's a problem with account management for Knitting Daily, or perhaps Interweave generally. I've sent a couple requests for my password (so that I can view Knitting Daily stuff from my new computer where I haven't got my login info saved), but have not received a response. I've checked Junk and Spam folders, and I've checked every email address I've used for correspondence with Interweave. Thanks for passing this along to the appropriate staff at Interweave.
MargaretJ wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 1:38 PM
How do the new Harmony Guides compare with the old ones? Are they reprints or totally new? I noticed that the number of stitches is different from the original books.
ElaineM wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 1:19 PM
re swatches: My mum patchworks and uses left over scraps for a "memory quilt" I've pinched the idea and am slowly sewing my swatches together for a memory blanket - all these teeny baby clothes I've knitted, all these presents for much loved Great Grandmas, and not nearly enough goodies for me, here's hoping the memories keep me warm in my dotage! Love the stitches, what a great idea. Elaine x
LoriM wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 11:47 AM
The Stitch of the Day is a great idea. However the photo you posted of the gathered stitch is really hard to see because it was done in a dark color. Can you post it in a light color so that detail can be seen?
Ztyler wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 11:46 AM
Thank you for all the wonderful knitting information you share with such good humor. I, too, like to try new stitches. My personal focus is on reversible stitches that work well for afghans and larger things that I want to look good from both sides. (I'm contemplating curtains at the moment.) So, I have a request. When you do your 'stitch of the day', could you identify reversible ones. Maybe include one per week? Thank you. zoe tyler
EileenD@2 wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 11:34 AM
Ditto to all the kudos on the stitch of the day, site in general and free patterns.
Please count me in with all the folks who would like to see a closeup of the Tweedy Vest. Initially I thought it had cables but the instructions don't seem to indicate that - please get us a close-up if you can!
AnnR@3 wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 11:17 AM
I actually *like* to swatch! It's stress-reduction knitting for me to try out a new stitch or yarn this way. I usually make a seed or garter border on my swatches, and add a row of eyelets in the top border & crochet a chain from some of the yarn. When I need a gift bag for something small, all I have to do is sew up the swatch & thread the cord through the eyelets.
zippyzgirl wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 10:52 AM
Does anyone know if the new Harmony Stitch guides include written instructions AND charts? I am always dissapointed when a beautiful resource books excludes charts! Love the stitch of the day and all the great ideas to put swatches to work.
Vicki wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 10:08 AM
I do the same thing - I practice a new stitch by making a scarf. My kids have happy teachers (I use the scarves as Christmas gifts for them), and I use them (and socks that I love to make) as gifts for friends that are just having a bad day! My son's kindergarten teacher (he is in 5th grade now), still calls me "Saint Vicki" after all of the gifts I've given her over the years! Pillows, afghans, LOTS of hats - she gives them to her friends as gifts, teddy bears, scarves....... Please - keep things coming!
Vis Major wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 9:16 AM
Thanks for the new "Stitch of the Day" feature - I haven't built up a stitch library yet, and this will give me a good start.
NanD wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 8:39 AM
Wow I love this email everyday. I live in a FEMA trailer and knitting keeps me sane. Fits too.
Thanks for giving me permission to have more than one project at a time.
Weird but makes me feel better to know I am not alone knitting.
J3SS wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 8:33 AM
Thank you for the new feature, Stitch of the Day!!! I live in a country where the one tiny public library is an hour away (and has no knitting books), and I don't own a stitch dictionary. This is awesome!!
BethanyH wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 8:30 AM
A great way to use your swatches is these cute little bunnies:
They're so cute you'll want to make swatches!
on Oct 2, 2007 7:31 AM
hey All, don't miss the fact that the stitch of the day only comes up once and is NOT archived. so get them daily!
JoyJ wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 3:14 AM
just to add my cheer!!

Thank you for the new Stitch a Day. I have already saved mine. now the interesting thing has happened to me, I clicked on the link you provided and it opened the gathered-stitch pattern. then I clicked on the button on the right and got another stitch pattern. I guess it's the time difference!! :)

love the idea of making different swatches and stitching them into blankets. I think I just may try to do that. I rarely swatch, and decide on a pattern at first glance! but with all these suggestions, I just may make a patchwork afgan/blanket.

Keep up your lovely lovely work.
Alison wrote
on Oct 2, 2007 1:42 AM
I'm on Pacific Time and I'm here before midnight, but I have a feeling I'm seeing the next day's stitch. At what time (and in what time zone) does each stitch replace the previous one?
CoralB wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 11:33 PM
I like to make fingerless mittens. They're basically a rectangle, 4" long, and wide enough to fit around your hand, with some ribbing at top and bottom. That's about the same size as a swatch, by the way... ;)
JillA wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 11:12 PM
If I don't rip out swatches to use the yarn in the project, I either fold it in half, or swe two together and make cell phone or iPod covers. Instant gifts!
Bobbi180 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 10:46 PM
Here's a suggestion for using swatches: try to estimate the gauge so it comes out approximately 7 inches by 9 inches and send to: Warm Up America! Foundation ( They make these rectangles into afghans for people in need.
teresa@106 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 10:19 PM
Beware: the C-word is in this post! I don't knit at all!!

About the Harmony Guides; I already have two versions (old and older) of the Harmoney CROCHET guides -- will Interweave be republishing these too?

SandraM wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 10:15 PM
Sandi, just a note to let you know how much happiness your mags., inspirational and educational emails, and new posts, have given me. Your warm, friendly, open and inspiring manner, and the amount of information and help, you give us is wonderful, to say the least.
Thank you always.
LizB wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 10:11 PM
Help! This is not about the Stitch of the Day, but Amanda's Squatty Sidekick. I've completed this in a beautiful dusky pink thick/thin yarn, and it's felted fabulously well, even keeping the slight bobble effect of the knitted fabric BUT...THE COLOUR'S ALL GONE!!!! My felted bag is the colour of an old grey dishcloth!!!!!!! I am on my way out to buy a pretty pink dye to put the colour back - but I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else? My washing machine washes to 95 degrees C, but I could have set it slightly less hot. Advice PLEASE!!! Liz Brooks.
T.B wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 10:09 PM
Thank you for this knitting subject. I feel as though I'm finally getting a small incite on how all you knitting gurus make your own patterns!
PollyR wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 9:14 PM
Thank you so much to everyone responsible for the Stitch of the Day! It's a terrific idea, and gives me even more reason to look forward to Knitting Daily--and I love the ideas about using swatches, Sandi; you may yet make me love swatching instead of hating it!
AniaL wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 9:05 PM
I have an uncle who's 6 feet and some more and he never seems to find scarves that are long enough for him, so I knit swatches at least several inches wide and continue for a few feet. It helps me to perfect the stitch before I use it in a pattern, and it keeps his neck warm. Win - win situation.

For those patterns that aren't reversible, I place two swatches that have the same gauge back to back so that he has an extra thick scarf with a different pattern on each side.
on Oct 1, 2007 9:01 PM
To answer the question, "do you have a creative idea to put your swatches to use?" I plan to use mine as patches on my jeans. Just waiting for a nice combination of colors to put on one pair.
KerriM wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 8:58 PM
I love the old Harmony Guides, but these are so pretty it looks like it's time to update my library.
When it comes to swatches -as long as it isn't an open, lacy pattern I usually seam them up and stuff them for kitty toys. That way they have something to keep them busy while I play with my knitting and they are great yarn testers! It also gives me a chance to practice seaming and constructing different shapes (pillows can get a little boring)
TaraR wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 8:16 PM
So far my swatches have been confiscated by my five-year-old for dollhouse afghans. ;0)
KathyF@2 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 8:01 PM
I find swatch will sometimes cause me NOT to use a particular stitch on a project. saving the swatches is like having a diary of work, often a stitch will just be perfect for the project presently on the needles!
Lynn G. wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:37 PM
Sorry, forgot to say that the way to find the "e-mail this image" is to put your cursor over the picture. Then you will see four icons that offer you to save the image, send the image, etc.
Lynn G. wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:37 PM
Sorry, forgot to say that the way to find the "e-mail this image" is to put your cursor over the picture. Then you will see four icons that offer you to save the image, send the image, etc.
Lynn G. wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:34 PM
For those trying to figure out how best to save the "stitch of the day," I tried e-mailing the image to myself (a pop-up window offered me two sizes and qualities). That worked well, without any ads or extra stuff showing up, and I can create a Knitting Daily sub-folder in my e-mail files for these pages. When I want to use one, then I can print out the relevant e-mail.
Sewshort wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:09 PM
I like to try new stitches making at least a 20" square which is a perfect size for preemie babies at the hospital. Add a tiny little hat, sometimes adding the new stitches, sometimes just plain, and a new little life can be snuggly and warm.
Sewshort wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:09 PM
I like to try new stitches making at least a 20" square which is a perfect size for preemie babies at the hospital. Add a tiny little hat, sometimes adding the new stitches, sometimes just plain, and a new little life can be snuggly and warm.
KateG wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:03 PM
Thank you, Jaime G. I knew Interweave would give the update a twist in the right direction ;-)
Lmccorison wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:03 PM
Just found a variation of this stitch in the KD Pattern library. It's the Ambrosia Socks which I happen to have finished a couple of weeks ago.

Lori M.
Elizabeth wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 7:00 PM
I love the idea of stitch of the day and have printed out the first one already.

I printed out this vest pattern weeks ago and have been hoping you would use it for discussion and now here it is. It's lovely and I want to make it.

As far as stitch charts, I'm afraid I learned to knit years ago and do not know how to use a knit chart. If you include the chart, please don't stop the word descriptions, or give us a lesson in how to use those pesky charts.

I am intrigued with the idea of adding a cable or lace insert to an existing pattern, perhaps one of the basic patterns in Ann Budd's books, but I don't understand how to figure the change in the gauge that will result. Having had too many disasters that didn't fit, I am hesitant.

As far as stitch gauges, I don't understand how knitters know what needle or pattern size to make without first making a gauge. And it's fun...the first time you get to check out the yarn and the pattern and see if you really want to make this project. I save my gauges to wash and block before I start the project ever since a really expensive vest grew 4 inches after I blocked it! Now I block the swatch before I start. I too am starting a book to save the swatch, picture, etc of my projects.

Love your writing, Sandi! Keep up the good work.
Lmccorison wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:41 PM
Love stitch libraries. Please make a printer friendly page. Filing and storing will be much easier.

Thanks. Lori M.
Debcelley wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:35 PM
My name is Deb and I am a swatchaholic. I love to browse at the yarn store, buy 1 ball of yarn, and swatch, and swatch and swatch. Does this show my inability to commit to a larger project?
BeckyG wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:35 PM
No way no how can I get the stitch of the day to show up. I've disabled everything I can find and put knittingdaily on every list of trusted sites I can find. Can anyone help me? I really want to see these!
remove wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:30 PM
I second the idea of having a chart for the stitch-of-the day. For me, it makes the difference between using the stitch or ignoring it...sad that I'm so stodgy.
SusanC@3 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:20 PM
I absolutely love the patterns
you entice me with. My future is filled with many of your new projects. I am working on the
knitting needle bag & soon I must start this tweedy vest,
Keep 'm comin' Thanks, Knitsuey
Justine wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:12 PM
Love the stitch of the day idea!

Is there any way to enlarge the photo of the free pattern? It would be nice to get a close-up of the stitch pattern.
MonikaP wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 6:01 PM
In answer to the use for swatches: Just yesterday (Sunday) my 10yr. old daughter is half way done sewing the swatches together for a very colorful blanket. I have made LOTS of different yarn/wool swatches, different sizes/colors but I thought it was a great idea she had for them, instead of stuffed in the totes with the yarn waiting to be used in the next project. Now I have requests for a certain size/color swatch to fit onto the blanket! I'm not THAT fond of making swatches!! Monika P.
RobynP wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 5:25 PM
Oh, I love the Stitch of the Day idea!!! I've already started my 'Stitches' binder, to go along with my 'Projects' binder :)
Thanks so much for all your hard work, Sandi!!
KelleyD wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 5:12 PM
I love the stitch of the day thing.....but please please give us some charts?

One of the things that drives me nuts is the number of stitch dictionaries that don't use charts.....I can't follow a word chart to save my life, and charting them all is well a huge job, that I know others would appreciate as well.
ElinN wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 5:01 PM
Stitch of the day is very nice. But, what if you could give us a close up picture from the patterns you give us, as for example todays Tweedy vest? This would give us many more "stitches" to choose from makeing our swatches, socks and sweathers... It's so nice to have a close up picture before we start...

lerikson80 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:51 PM
No need to highlight anything, just right click on the picture itself, then save picture as, or print picture. Either way works, but trying to cut the image by highlighting it isn't going to work. It isn't text.
OllyO wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:39 PM
thank you for the stitch of the day!...knitting 8" x8" squares for blankets for charity and i love knitting different patterns for each it!thanks so much...olly
EmilyR wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:38 PM
When I saw the Alternating Twists I pegged it for the next pair of socks! Thanks for the pattern! ... Alice A, just highlight the area you want to print, and in the print window, mark "selection" instead of page. If you're on a Mac you need to highlight and copy, then paste it into a document and print from there.
JaimeG wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:37 PM
**** To Answer Kate G's question, What's Different about the New Harmony Guides? Indexes for the first time: All stitches are now indexed for easy reference; the original editions did not include indexes. Updated photography: Larger photos of the swatches show more of the patterns and repeats.
Updated yarns: All swatches are worked in contemporary yarns available today. New stitches: Each volume publishes 25 new stitches developed by Erika Knight for the new HARMONY GUIDES. The first HARMONY GUIDES were published from 1986?1992 by U.K. publisher Collins & Brown in seven slim volumes, at 96 pages each, size 11? x 8 inches.
The first Interweave Press HARMONY GUIDES are 272 pages each, with 300 photographs and 50 illustrations in each volume, in a square-size format.
Anonymous wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:22 PM
Swatches...the ones i really like that have interesting stitches i create sachets to give as gifts. the rest i include in my 'knitting portfolio' where i record my finished projects, pattern info, yarn info, recipient of the product, etc etc!
VickiK wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:13 PM
I'm a nut for dishcloths. Instead of thinking of a swatch as a swatch, I imagine I'm knitting a new dishcloth. This way, I get practice with the stitch and something useful and pretty to keep in my kitchen.
KateG wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:13 PM
I have the old Harmony guides already and I'm happy tp see them updated. Erika Knight is a wonderful designer. Outside of the updated design and photography are these new stitch libraries going to take me somewhere that the original guides didn't?
lerikson80 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 4:08 PM
To share how I am saving the stitch of the day in case anyone is interested: right click on the "picture" of the stitch of the day (you will know you are on the picture because your cursor will turn into a hand), and save picture as a jpeg to your desktop or whatever folder you have created to store your stitches. This is where I change the name of the file to the title of the stitch. I have a folder on my desktop named "stitch of the day", where I will keep my pages.
Rebecca S wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 3:59 PM
Ooohhh, I am going to love the "Stitch of the Day"! What a treat! Sandy, like you I can just sit and page through my stitch dictionaries! Just a quick request, could you include a button for a printer friendly format (with out all the other web page "stuff")? It saves having to copy and paste it into Word or something.
AliceA wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 3:56 PM
I am also a stitch geek - I may never use them in a larger project but I love having samples to refer to and fondle. Is there anyway this can be a more printer friendly endeavor? Pinting out ads is a waste of my color cartridge and a very bad idea to me.
DianeD@2 wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 3:11 PM
To answer your question regarding swatches, I usually rip them out and use the yarn in my project. But I haven't really completed that many projects yet.

I really appreciate the Stitch of the Day, I was just looking at a stitch guide book this weekend. I am definitely going to put one on my Christmas wish list. I do wish they would show what the back side looks like, too, for things like scarves.
MarthaS wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 2:34 PM
I use my swatches to make lap afghans or even use them as mug rugs!

Great topic -- I love to learn new stitiches.


KD Sandi wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 2:01 PM
**** Sandi here: When slipping stitches, slip them PURLWISE unless you are working a decrease. (Slipping stitches knitwise would result in a stitch that twisted around itself instead of laying flat and looking all pretty.) Hope that helps!
JanL wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 12:56 PM
Yeah! I think the stitch of the day is a great idea! I just printed out the beautiful example you have here. Thank you!
AnneB wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 12:46 PM
I take as many swatches as necessary and glue them to the outside of a can - my favoirte is the 11/5 oz can of coffee. These are great for scissors, pen, pencils, needles......

The Stitch of the Day will make my local office supply store happy - more ring binders and sheet protectors. I have most of my patterns in three to four binders. Now I need one for stitches! ;)
WendyH wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 12:27 PM
I have a book with from handmade paper and a felted cover...anyway, I write each project that I'm working on in this book and attach my swatch to the page so I can remember my work. I write notes on the date I started (and finished), who the project was for, what my gadge was, what size I made, etc., and most importantly, how the finished project turned out.
GJabouri wrote
on Oct 1, 2007 11:42 AM
Hi - Question about the "Stitch of the Day": are the slipped stitches slipped purl-wise or knit-wise?