Woo! It’s tea cozy time! (Almost.)
I know no one likes swatching, me included. (And, if I’m being honest, I rarely make a swatch if I’m following someone else’s pattern.) But, when you’re designing a pattern making a swatch is an absolute necessity.
So I pulled out my favorite colors and made one great big swatch with three different patterns, to see which I liked best.
The first pattern was a wide stripe-and-polka dot combo. I like it, but I think it’s a bit big for a tea cozy- after all my teapot is a little on the small side.Then, I thought, “Maybe something fancier-something more Fair Isle-y.” I like this diamond pattern quite a bit.But, again, I think it might be too big. So I worked up a scaled-down version of the first pattern. Narrow stripes with teeny polka dots. Sure, I’ll have to deal with a million little ends, but I think I like the result best.So, I’ve got my swatch and decided on my pattern. I measured the gauge, and made sure to write it down in my book.
I’ve taken my measurements and have a plan in my head. Next time, we’ll get down into the nitty-gritty of math.
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