Firstly, why make a swatch?

Even though we’re all knitting and purling in the same way, some people’s stitches are tighter and others’ are looser. This can affect the size of the item you’re making. A swatch is a square piece of knitting used to work out whether you’re knitting as tightly - or as loosely! - as a pattern describes.

Read more about swatching over on our blog.