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More Uses For Swatches
Crochet wool and wool blend swatches together to make a scarf. Try crocheting bright
colored swatches together with black yarn for a stained glass effect.
Sew swatches together to fit around your head. Pick up stitches on one long end and
work evenly spaced decreases to knit the crown of a hat. Pick up stitches on the other
long end and work a k1, p1 rib for desired length. Sew back seam. What an original hat
Use the swatch you made for your sweater for a patch pocket. Maybe make another
one so you have two pockets.
Custom Shoulder Pads
Fold swatches in half diagonally and overcast the two open sides to make shoulder pads
for your sweater. Use swatches from the same yarn as the sweater for a custom
For cotton swatches, crochet around the edges until you have a size you like for a
potholder. Add a loop if you wish to hang your potholder up.
Sew two cotton swatches together one on top of another. Crochet or knit an edging.
You have made a great hot pad for your kitchen or dining room.
Sew two densely knitted swatches together on three sides. Stuff with cotton or polyester
fiber. Sew the fourth side. Add embroidery or perhaps beads to the outer edges. This
makes a nifty pincushion to hold the long pins you need for blocking knits or sewing
sweater pieces together.
Sew or crochet groups of patches together as for tote bag we discussed
last week. Stuff with a down or
polyester form to make a throw pillow for your couch.
Crochet swatches of similar fibers and coordinating colors together to make a unique
retro-look vest with crocheted edges, and ties or button and loop closures.
I hope you find some ideas you can use here. Be sure you save yarn and a photo of
your project to keep for your knitting records. Identify and organize
those records with our Knitting Swatch Cards.
Look for new
Knitting Tips next week.