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The Guild is lucky to have some amazing knitters in its membership. These swatches were knit by Merle who is a very experienced and talented fairisle and intarsia knitter. To get a pattern right and to test colour combinations knitters (often grudgingly) knit a test square called a swatch, while others skip the swatching to get straight into the knitting and just hope that their finished garment will be the size they want.


From the swatch knitters can work out the gauge (stitches per centimetre) of their knitting using a particular yarn and needles and learn about how the yarn is going to perform. Swatches are usually washed and blocked (pinned out) so they will be as close as possible to the finished item. A washed swatch may show up unexpected characteristics in the yarn such as a tendency to felt or bloom.


Designers knit swatches to work out how a garment is going to work, including edgings and textures. Some of us rip out our swatches to use the yarn and others, like Merle, keep them as library of their experiments to look back on.


I hope you enjoy these lovely swatches as much as I do.


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Knitters Knews screenshot

You may have noticed that the Guild’s monthly newsletter Knitters Knews is no longer available on our blog as a download. We have developed it as an email bulletin that is sent to current members of the Hand Knitters Guild, Victoria. Our first e-bulletin contained Guild news, updates about what is new in our library, links to websites and blogs about knitting, news from yarn suppliers and some of the finished knitted items that members bring to Guild meetings.

If you would like to receive the Knitters Knews e-bulletin why not join the Guild? The Guild’s annual fee is just $25. Go to our membership page for a membership form to download and more information about the Guild’s member benefits or email us if you have a query.

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May 2011

Join us for our monthly Sit and Knit – Sunday 1 May 2011
Your $3 donation for afternoon tea be donated to cancer research.
We are also having our Beanie and Tea Cosie competition, with a great prize donated by Morris & Sons.  A set of Knit Pro Spectra Clear Acrylic Interchangeable Knitting Deluxe Set and a free class of choice (not-transferable).

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