With not many days left in February I am putting all my knitting efforts into completing my Master Knitter Swatches.
16 Swatches (Required for Level 1) doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but let me tell you…
It’s NOT just about swatching!
I learned to knit a little bit here and a little bit there by:
- nagging my older cousin into teaching me when I was little
- taking a couple of classes over the years
- looking up a particular technique on the internet
- just diving into an interesting looking pattern & figuring it out
Now after having been knitting for 30+ years I considered myself a fairly advanced knitter.
Well, not so comrades, I didn’t know why the heck I was doing some of the things I was doing!!!
The MASTER KNITTER program helps answer those questions. As you knit the required swatches, you have to do research and answer questions on WHY you are doing something a certain way, WHEN you should be using one technique vs. another and so forth. (Remember those school worksheets you had to fill out with a zillion questions?)
So far, it’s been fun to do research and take time to figure out why things are done in a certain way and to examine my knitting stitch-by-stitch.
Here are my first 6 swatches (still need to weave in ends and block)…
Swatch #1 (2×2 ribbing with increases and garter stitch) I plan to re-knit this swatch as the cast-on edge is not very neat.
Swatch #2 (1×1 ribbing with increases and stockinette stitch) This one will look much better once it’s fully blocked.
Swatch #3 (seed stitch) I paid close attention to tugging the purl stitches so that there would be no visible holes.
Swatch #4 (bar increases) The color on this swatch looks mottled because I dampened it slightly to semi-block it for the picture.
Swatch #5 (M1, mirrored increases) I seriously never paid attention before to whether my M1 increases were Right-slanting or Left-slanting!
Swatch #6 (Lifted, mirrored increases) Still on the needles.
All the swatches will be blocked of course before they get sent in to be judged by a committee as worthy or unworthy.
If deemed unworthy they kindly send them back and I have to re-do my work (school memories anyone???) 🙂