We had our second "Support Group" meeting on Saturday morning, March 12th. We critiqued each other's swatches and discussed techniques for improvement and sources and references we had found.
Everyone agreed that we are all learning a great deal as we CAREFULLY examine our swatches. Some of us found that our purl stitches are too loose. Some found that the second knit stitch in a k2, p2 rib is looser than the first knit stitch. Some of us had a few "holes" in our seed stitch swatches. We discussed the pros and cons of different methods for increasing in the last row of ribbing.
We all were using the same yarn (Cascade 220) and either size 7 or 8 needles, but both the size of the swatches and the tension were different for each knitter.
Even though this time spent together might not seem interesting to a non-knitter, we all had a very enjoyable morning!
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