Making swatches is a key part of the creative development process in knitwear. It allows you to play with different yarns, textures, and stitches. Although technical, it still allows for tons of creativity. With knitwear, not only do you design the silhouettes but you essentially create your own fabric as well. We get double the work!
What I personally love about knitwear is that the possibilities are nearly endless. You can do the same kind of stitch but use different yarns and each time get a completely different look and feel and vice versa.
Over the course of our senior theses we’ve done a lot of swatch development. One of our final projects was to compile them into a portfolio book, so here’s a peek of mine as well as a few other students! Our swatches were made on a variety of machines: the Stoll computer machines, Brother machines, Dubied machines, and hand knit!
Til next time!