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14 July 2020

Why swatch

Hi there, my friend,

At the shop, I say “You’ll have to swatch it and see,“ at least fifty times a day. That guidance is always met with a groan or at least a heavy sigh. Knitters hate to swatch. I get it. We want get started NOW, because the project is going to take a while, and swatching feels like a waste of precious knitting time.

Casting on a big project without swatching is like marrying someone we met at the bar last night. It might work out great, but maybe not, and it could be a while before we figure out that it was a horrible mistake. By then, we’ve already invested so much time and energy that we’re tempted to just soldier on and hope it gets better and turns out okay. It doesn’t. As painful as it is, just cut your losses and head to the frog pond – Rip it, rip it, rip it.

Love it or hate it, swatching is important, and here are five things to continue

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This was the standout garment from the Mode at Rowan Trunk Show. Designed by the fresh young, Georgia Farrell, this sweater is both stylish and cozy. Knit in wonderful Rowan Cotton Cashmere with an easy-two row lace pattern, you'll love knitting it almost as you'll love wearing it! Four gorgeous color options.

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Frozen skies black and white

The sample picture is black and white so you can imagine your own colorway!

Stunning new limited edition kits for you in luxurious hand-dyed merino cashmere. Just look at those colors. Mary chose Frozen Skies for this set to showcase the happy speckles and rich tonals in this kit. An accessible pattern with a touch of easy lace. You'll love seeing how each tonal highlights and draws out the colors in the speckled yarn. So happy and magical! Limited edition, just a few of each color available. Order today because you don't want to miss out.

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