Never Dread Swatching Again!

Let's face it - we all want to dive right into the pattern. Right now. But there's always that pesky "gauge swatch" thing. Does it really matter? What if we just don't... but say we did? I hear you. But this course will demystify the purpose and process of swatching, help you identify swatching pitfalls, and know exactly what to do to fix things when your swatch doesn't cooperate. This course opens June 28th and you'll have access to the entire set of course materials on the day it opens. Take your time and go at a pace that works for you. You can revisit the lessons, videos and printables whenever you need them. You'll learn to think about swatching in a whole new way with this in-depth workshop.

  • Learn how to knit and measure a gauge swatch properly (even in pattern!)

  • Learn how to read your knitting, and know when to adjust based on your swatch

  • Learn how choosing a different kind of fiber can affect your gauge (and what to do about it)

  • Find out when to change needle size (and whether to go up or down).

  • Learn how to tell if your gauge is being honest with you

  • Learn next-level swatching tips that make it easy to adjust your pattern size

  • Learn at your own pace, and apply what you learn to any project (but especially sweaters)

  • You'll have unlimited access to your workshop materials so you can revisit and review the resources as you need them

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Swatch School!

    • How to use this course

    • A little about you

  • 2

    Swatch Basics

    • Module Overview

    • Swatch Tools

    • Three Secrets About Your Swatch

    • What Swatching Has to Do With Size & Fit

    • Module 1 Summary

    • Module 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Swatching & Fiber Content

    • Module Overview

    • Why Fiber Content Matters

    • Swatching & Fabric

    • Yarn Substitutions - A Deep Dive

    • Module 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Swatch Math

    • Module Overview

    • How to Knit a Swatch

    • Blocking Your Swatch

    • How to Measure Your Gauge

    • Measuring Gauge in Pattern

    • How & When to Change Needle Sizes

    • Other Swatch Considerations

    • Measuring Your Swatch Quiz

  • 5

    Next-Level Swatching

    • Module Overview

    • Size, Edges, Cast On, Bind Off

    • About Needles & Fiber Types

    • What if My Gauge is Close?

    • Using Gauge to Modify a Pattern

  • 6


    • Can You Re-Use a Swatch?

    • A Use for Old Swatches

    • What a Swatch Can't Do

    • Swatching Quiz

  • 7

    Swatch School Summary

    • Conclusion

    • Let's Keep in Touch!

Your Knitting Guide

Author & Knitwear Designer

Marie Greene

Marie Greene is the author of Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks, Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week, and Knit a Little. She is also the founder of Knit Camp, an online knitting resource community, and Olive Knits pattern design where she is known for her approachable, timeless style. Marie has taught knitting courses at festivals, shops, and events around the world; her mix of best practices and renegade hacks, along with her charming personality, make her a highly sought-after instructor.

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What others are saying...

So much confidence

Kathy M.

I can't describe how much confidence I have gained in my knitting by taking Marie Greene's classes. Her teaching style is clear and easy to understand, and her sweater classes helped me understand how important swatching is to get the best fit for my body type.

Sweaters that fit!

Laura L.

I love Marie Greene of Olive Knits! Thanks to her wonderfully written patterns and expert classes I can now make sweaters that fit

Experienced knitter - still learning!

Christine O.

I thought knitting couldn't get much better - I'd been happily knitting along for 10+ years and doing just fine, thank you. But thanks to Marie and her amazing tutorials, it DID! I am now cabling without a needle with confidence (game changer!), my recent buttonholes look AMAZING, and I'm embracing making adjustments to obtain guage, not throwing up my hands in defeat.