Masters Monday – Lots of swatches!!

I’ve had Level 2 instructions in my hands since 2009.  And now 2012 is almost over.  That’s pitiful!!  Well, since I’ve dawdled a bit too long, of course a new version of the instructions came out about a week ago.  More than just a few typos were fixed in this revision!  The biggest change is replacing the Fair Isle mitten (done in worsted) with a Fair Isle wristlet (done in fingering).  I’m a bit bummed I won’t get to submit my cute little mitten for review – the mitten that took me over 4 tries to look really good.  (Fair Isle in worsted and at a circumference of 6 inches is REALLY hard!!)  But, I am looking forward to knitting up the wristlet, it’s a really nice pattern – and I have lots of Knit Picks Palette I can choose my colors from.  It’ll be a fun knit, I think.

Anyhow – I’ve still been really hard at work getting my swatches done.  I have all but 4 done now!  First, I’ll show you a few of the ones I re-did (either because I didn’t like them as they were or because the instructions changed on one or two details about the swatch).

I had to redo my short row shoulders with seam swatches – the first set of instructions didn’t specify a contrasting colored thread for the seam, so I needed to redo them and work the seam in a contrasting color.

MK lvl 2 Swatch 8

Short Rows with 3 needle bind off

MK lvl 2 Swatch 9

Short rows with kitchener stitch seam

I reblocked swatch 14 – the starlight lace swatch, since it didn’t seem square enough for me the first time.
MK lvl 2 Swatch 14

Here’s my last lace swatch – traveling vine lace.
MK lvl 2 Swatch 15

And here are my three cable swatches, the last one compensates for cable flare at the top and the bottom.
MK lvl 2 Swatch 16

MK lvl 2 Swatch 17

MK lvl 2 Swatch 18

I skipped the 4 buttonhole swatches – I’ll do them next, but I wanted to do some research first on the best buttonholes to use.

Here is my neckline swatch with picked up stitches.
MK lvl 2 Swatch 23

And here is my inset pocket swatch.  I had a devil of a time working this one!  But I think it turned out pretty well!
MK lvl 2 Swatch 24

So, all I have left is the 4 buttonhole swatches (I’ll do those over the next few days), one or two more questions to answer, the 4 book reviews, the history report, the Fair Isle wristlet, the argyle sock, and the vest.  Oh my goodness, that is still A LOT!  I’d better get to it…

Happy Knitting!  (And Swatching!!)


About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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