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You have just bought your great "New Spot" balls from Cheval Blanc, so you just want to start your beautiful waistcoat. You catch your needles and you ... STOP! Have you thought about the sample? And yes, dear knitting friends, the sample is essential before each knitting, we explain to you why.
If, for many, the sample is a waste of time, you will quickly understand that it actually allows you to save time. Without it, your work could be totally missed and it will be necessary to start again. Indeed, each person does not knit the same way. Some gets more or less different stitches depending on how they knit, loose or tight. The tension exerted on the thread, can completely change the dimensions of the knitting. This is why the sample plays a major role here. It will make it possible to test your way of knitting and to be able to adapt it to the making of your work. The ideal is to compare it with the pattern and then to adapt the number of needles. The number of stitches and rows for a 10 x 10 cm squared stitch with a specific needle number will be found on the band that wraps the ball.
Once the sample is finished, if you find fewer stitches and / or rows, your knitting is looser than the pattern. You have avoided a too long or too wide vest! Repeat with needles of a smaller half number until you get closer to the sample pattern.
On the contrary, if you find more stitches and / or rows, you knit more tightly than the pattern and you would have found yourself with a work smaller than expected. Take half-numbered needles to be closer to the recommended sample.
If you find the same number of stitches and / or rows, your way of knitting is identical to the pattern, so you will get the same result.
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