Monday, May 21, 2012

Swatching is just as important for crochet

All my crochet experience to date has pretty much just been stuffed animals or puppets...things that didn't really need to match a specific gauge. Although I have made a cute little baby dress in the past, again, I never swatched and, now that I think of it, I've never seen proof that the babies these dresses have gone to have ever worn them. So I have no idea if they fit!
Recently, I made this kitty from Crochet Today!:

She also is supposed to have outfit is published with the pattern for the cat, with additional outfits promised in future issues. I didn't swatch...and my first attempt as this cat turned out really squat. Additionally, I had a little difficulty getting the clothes to fit properly. But I persevered and managed to get her dressed.

Now I'm starting work on that darling baby set I posted about previously, and am swatching. My gauge is off, so it just goes to show that it does pay to swatch before starting a'll save me a lot of headache later!

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