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In the round swatch, flat - circular swatching w/less waste

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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2008

Swatching for work in the round is necessary because people often have different tension between how they work a knit and a purl. This method of working a flat swatch always from the front wastes less yarn and is a bit neater than leaving a long loop across the back of every row.

1) Cast on X stitches on a double pointed or circular needle.
2) Estimate how much yarn a row of stitches in pattern takes. Either work a row and tink back or wrap the yarn around the needle, each wrap equaling a stitch. Too much is better than too little.
3) Push the work back to the beginning of the row, rather than turning. Strand the estimated amount of yarn across the back.
4) Work a row with the yarn from the ball.
5) Push the work back to the beginning of the row, rather than turning.
6) Work the row using the yarn stranded across the back.
7) Repeat these steps until the swatch is big enough.

Conversely, one could work the estimated yarn across first, leaving the tail end at the start of the row and not leaving a loop. This would avoid crossing the strands, but it's otherwise not a big difference.

Someone mentioned this on Ravelry and some folks asked to see it done. I had a minute, so here it is. And since people have complained about my lack of dialogue in the past, I've narrated a little.

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