What a difference a block makes. Swatches: Hemp cord with F/5 (3.75 mm) hook and woven stitch (ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp).
Are you a devout swatcher? Or is swatching for wussies?
Whether you are trying to replicate someone else's pattern or designing your own, swatching is essential. Swatching helps determine gauge and can provide insight on stitch pattern texture and yarn performance.
Check out the new Flickr group just for crocheted swatches. Crochet Swatches.
" In this group you’re welcome to post photos of your little swatch wonders, or start a discussion, so that you, too, can:
• Compare your gauge with others
• Ask a question about your stitches (why do/don’t they…?)
• Find out how to alter stitch patterns so they can be matched, stitch to stitch, to other SP’s
• Help others
• Ogle stitch-work and beautiful yarn" - Crochet Swatches Flickr group