The annotated gauge swatch
My favorite solutions to any kind of problems are usually low-tech. After throwing out dozens of gauge swatches for which I had lost all references, I ran across a simple tip in one of my knitting books — if only I could remember which one. As Woodrow Wilson said: “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”
The tip was to leave a long tail when casting on for the swatch and then tie as many knots in it as the number of the needle used to knit it. Since I am strictly a metric girl, I adapted the system to my needs.
I tie a series of knots close to the swatch where each knot stands for 1 mm, then a little further away another set of knots, each of which stands for 0.25 mm. As you can see in the picture above, the 2/2 rib part of the swatch was knit with 3.25 mm needles and the part above the rib with 4 mm needles (click the image for an enlargement).
Now my needle size is embedded in the swatches themselves and I don’t have to fiddle with safety pins, labels, and such. The best part is that I can embed the information immediately, before putting the swatch through the wash.
What about information other than gauge? I am still working on that.Posted by Francesca | 11 comments