The larger swatch in the bottom left is about 10cm by 10cm, as measured, and knitted. The other is purled 22 by 30, both with UK size 8 needles, which the tension guide on the yarn seemed to imply would produce a 10x10cm square. It did not, but I'm still proud of the swatches, and obviously am learning the importance of doing tension swatches fist.
I have also learned:
- to keep the stitches as loose as possible. Needle size and yarn dictate size of stitch, not me pulling it super tight.
- the importance of finding a rhythm and using muscle memory
- that row counters rock.
- that is all else fails, you can start again no problem.
I kinda like this knitting milarkey.
Now I will attempt a similar swatch in stocking stitch before I am ready to start a project.