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Let's talk about the SAMPLE

Hello! How are they?
First of all WELCOME to my Blog, where I will share with you tips and fabric data.
I wanted this topic to be the first, since for me it is a fundamental part of knitting and the most basic thing before starting a project!
Yes, tough you do not believe it...!!!
Many times you will wonder if it is necessary to knit it? I tell you yes! Take your time knitting it, this is the only way for the final result to be what you expect.

What is tissue sample?
In simple words, the sample is the number of points wide and runs high, that are in a 10x10 cm square.

What is the tissue sample for?
The fabric sample is a very useful tool when starting a project, mainly because it gives you the number of stitches and runs you need so that your fabric has a specific measurement. For example, if you are knitting a pattern, the sample is key so that the measurements of your fabric match the measurements specified in it.
In addition, you will be able to see from the beginning how the yarn you chose is woven with the toothpick you are using, avoiding having to disassemble once the project has started.

How to knit the sample?
Your sample should be large enough so that you can measure 10 cm from the center of the fabric, both horizontally, to count the stitches, and vertically, to count the runs. Suppose the pattern you are knitting indicates that the sample is 10 stitches and 10 runs. In this case I would knit at least 20 stitches, to have 5 stitches on each side, and I would knit 20 runs, to have 5 runs below and 5 runs above where I will measure my 10 cm. Once the sample is finished, it is gently closed and locked, unless the pattern says otherwise. Wait for it to dry completely and place it on a flat surface.

What do you need:

-The yarn of your project
-Chopsticks (straight or circular)
-Blocks or needles for blocking
-Mat for blocking
-Measuring tape or ruler to measure the sample

How to measure and interpret the sample?

Place the measuring tape horizontally and count how many points there are in 10 cm. Then repeat the same thing vertically and count how many runs there are in these 10 cm. Remember to do it from the center, without measuring the edges of the sample!
If your sample turns out to be smaller, that is, it has fewer dots than specified in the pattern, you can use a toothpick half a size larger, or whatever is necessary, to make your sample larger. And on the contrary, if your sample is very large, that is, it has more points than specified, use a smaller toothpick to make it smaller.
In any case, keep in mind that not all of us knit the same, therefore there may be certain differences, but try to make your sample as close as possible to what is specified.

Having these points clear, you can already imagine why the exhibition is so important and why we insist so much on doing it. Following the same previous example, can you imagine your sample would give 20 points instead of 10 points? That would mean that your project would be double what the pattern indicates, therefore the final result would be far from what you expected. Making the time you invested knitting wasted.
This is why I will ALWAYS recommend you do the sample!

Now I invite you to get to work!