The Walker Treasury Project aims to produce a resource that is as useful, organized, beautiful and valuable as possible. To do this we need to achieve high production standards for all swatches and photos, as well as consistent presentation across all posts.

With those goals in mind, we have found it necessary to compile a list of rules for the project. We request that you follow them if you are knitting a swatch currently or wish to in the future. Again, we appreciate your enthusiasm and these rules are for the best interest of everyone!

Yarn Choice | Knitting Your Swatch | Taking Photos | Photo Hosting | Posting your swatch | Miscellaneous | License & Copyright

Time Limit

You have 3 months from the time you claim the swatch to knit it, take photos and post the swatch on the WTP. After that, we’ll let someone else knit that swatch.

Yarn Choice

  1. Select a smooth yarn as these show texture best, and it is easier to see the individual stitches.
  2. Please do not use mohair yarns, or fuzzy alpaca or angora yarns. They hide stitch details.
  3. Unless you are knitting a pattern with color changes, do not use Lamb’s Pride. It’s a very fuzzy yarn and obscures the textures of many of the patterns.
  4. Please do not use sluggy/slubby yarns (yarns that are  thick in some places and thin in others) and please do not use boucle yarns. Both of these types of yarn distort stitch patterns.
  5. Go for lighter colors if possible – these can be easier to photograph well when you’re trying to show 3-D elements like cables.
  6. Avoid widely variegated yarns. They don’t show lace patterns very well. Kettle-dyed yarns (variegation within the same color tones) work better. If at all in doubt, go for a solid color yarn.
  7. If you’re knitting a lace swatch or something with a specific shape, do not use yarn that is 100% acrylic because it will not block correctly. We recommend you use a natural fiber, possibly with some wool content. If you are allergic, please request a different pattern.
  8. Some silks are difficult to block – avoid these for lace knitting.
  9. If you have a question about a yarn to use, email us at our big email address –

Knitting your swatch

  1. Use whichever cast on and bind off that you prefer.
  2. Knit a good representation of your swatch. Do not use bulky yarn as a “cheat” to get the swatch done quickly!
  3. Give the pattern some space – add some border stitches to each side to help prevent the swatch from curling and so that we don’t have to see the edges of the swatch.Garter stitch or moss stitch work well as border patterns for swatches. To create a border, knit 4-6 rows before you begin the pattern and always knit the first and last 2-3 stitches of each row. Also, before you bind off, knit 4-6 rows of garter/moss stitch again.
  4. Repeat the stitch pattern at least a couple times (both across the width and length of the swatch) so that we can get a feel for how a “sea” of it might look.For example, if your stitch repeat is small (only 2-8 sts in the pattern) repeat it enough times that your swatch is 4 or more inches wide; or, if the repeat is 12 st and 24 rows, knit 36 st across and 48 rows for the pattern (excluding borders); for cables knit at least two repeats in length.
  5. If you’re using worsted weight yarn, try 30 or so stitches. (Keep in mind the number of stitches required to repeat the pattern at least a couple of times and the border stitches you use.) For thinner yarns, add stitches accordingly. For thicker yarns, use fewer stitches.
  6. Knit correctly. Look closely at your stitches – do they make “v’s” that barely touch in the middle or “y’s” that cross in the middle? If you have “y’s” you’re knitting twisted. Please do not twist your stitches unless Barbara Walker directs you to as this changes the way the pattern looks. If you have questions about this, ask the moderators (
  7. Please correct uneven stitches and any other errors.
  8. Knit until you have roughly a square shape.
  9. Block your swatch. (There are some tips on blocking here. ) If neccessary, pin out your swatch to pull things into place for taking photos.

Taking Photographs

Photos should be clear, in focus, undistorted and illustrate the stitch pattern as best as possible.

  1. Take the photo with the cast on edge squared with the bottom of the photo.
  2. Point the camera directly at the swatch, without angling either the camera or the swatch.
  3. Avoid taking the photo at an extreme angle, or upside down or sideways – this will skew the stitches and distort the swatch.
  4. Try to frame the photo so that you only see the swatch.  If you get a bunch of background to top and sides of the swatch, use the crop feature in your chosen image editing software to cut out all the extraneous stuff.
  5. Take extra photos of the reverse of the pattern if
    • you categorise it as having an “attractive wrong side”
    • you categorise it as being “similar on the wrong side”
    • the unblocked version looks different/interesting too,
    • the pattern looks interesting over-stretched (like  Fisherman’s Rib does for example)
    • you want to include a close-up of a particular feature (like an intricate multi-cable cross or a small section of a larger lace panel)
  6. Please refer to our ‘Photo Tips‘ for further assistance.

Photo Hosting

  1. Please do not upload your photos to the Walker Treasury Blog.
  2. Sign up for a Flickr account (
  3. Upload your swatch photos to your ‘photostream’
  4. Once uploaded to Flickr, add your pictures to the ‘Walker Treasury Project’ Flickr group pool.

Posting Your Swatch


  1. Do not post a swatch that you have not yet claimed.
  2. After posting your swatch, remember to mark it as ‘completed’; see this tutorial on how.
  3. Please bear in mind that if there is any information missing from your post, the moderators will contact you and ask you to add it.
  4. DO NOT post the pattern. Doing so is copyright infringement. The administrators will immediately remove the infringing information. They will be displeased with you, and you will be contacted.

Format (template)

  1. Log into WordPress with your username and password.
  2. Once logged in, click on “Posts” (on the left side of the screen), then “New Posts”
  3. Please use the template provided.A quick way to do this – highlight the post, right click and select “copy.” In the editing box for your post, ensure the ‘visual’ tab is uppermost, right click again and select “paste.”
  4. Title your post with the exact and full name of the stitch. It is very important that you do this.For example, ‘Waffle Stitch‘ is entirely different to ‘Waffle Pattern‘; same thing with ‘Twisted Check‘ and ‘Twisted Pattern‘ – two completely different stitch patterns.
  5. Post all of the requested information for your swatch in the format that the template requests. If you don’t have some particular info, try really hard to get it or leave the space blank.
    • Tips on working out wraps per inch can be found here or your chosen yarn may be already included on this chart.
    • Please provide needle size in both metric and the system you normally use. For example, if you used a US size 7 needle for your swatch,  give the needle size as ‘4mm, US size 7’. You may find this US/UK/metric needle size conversion chart helpful. It also has metric/Japanese conversions if required.
    • If you miss any information out, the administrators may contact you to request that you add it to your post. Alternatively, you may find that they have added it for you at a later date.
    • If you’d like, sign your post and link to your blog.
    • Any further information (sweaters you knit in the pattern) or extra photos (as described above) are welcome, but should be “continued.” It’s easy to do – before you start the “extras,” click on the icon that looks like a small white rectangle above a dotted line above a bigger white rectangle (where the blue arrow, above, is pointing to). It’s next to the photo icon.
    • Run the spell check function (to the right of the “continue” button) and look for anything to correct. Misspelled or unrecognized words will be underlined with a squiggly red line. If it is truly misspelled, right click on the word and a menu of other spellings will drop down. Select the correct spelling.
  6. Do not host your photo (or other photos for other wordpress endeavors) on this blog as it will clog our bandwidth and cause future problems.
    1. When adding pictures to your post:
      1. Go to the flickr image page
      2. Click on ‘all sizes’ just above the image.
      3. Click on ‘medium’ in ‘Available sizes’, as this is closest to what we need.
      4. On the ‘medium’ page, scroll down to the ‘To link to this photo…’ section
      5. Highlight all the text in the first text field and copy it.
      6. In your new swatch post, click the ‘html’ tab in the post editing area and  click the mouse at the very beginning of the post – paste the copied text in.
      7. Click the ‘visual’ tab to return to your normal editing view.
  7. Post your swatch right side up.
  8. If your someone comments on your post with a question, please respond to them both via email and in the comments themselves (so that everyone can see the answer to the question).
  9. Categorize your swatches. This includes what book and which chapter it’s from AS WELL AS it’s reversibility.
    • If the category you’re looking for doesn’t appear, it may be because it hasn’t been used that much yet. Click the ‘All categories’ link (just below ‘most used’ which appears by default). Scroll down and you’ll see the chapters all organised by book and the ‘reversibility’ categories at the end of the list. Check/tick the boxes for all three categories that apply to your swatch.
    • Please do not use the ‘Important Stuff’, ‘News’ , ‘Helpful Stuff’ or ‘Knitting Olympics 2008’ categories.
  10. Please do not add tags to your post.
  11. Please do NOT tick the “stick this post to the front page” box. This is only to be used by the admins/moderators for news items.
  12. Click on dropdown box and change the Publish Status to Published, then Save.  Your posting will appear at the top of the blog.


If you find a swatch that you think may be in violation of any of these rules and you’d like to knit it (or just think that you can knit it better), let us know – we’ll probably be happy to have some “variety” of swatches.

If you think that these rules don’t apply to your swatch, check with us first. In some cases, you’ll probably be right – but if you disregard these rules, and we’re unhappy with the way your post looks, we may take it down.

Again, email us ( with questions or concerns.

License & Copyright


By posting your material on this blog, you grant the Walker Treasury Project (WTP) the non-exclusive right to present it as part of the project in perpetuity, either on the original wordpress site ( or another electronic distribution site, as determined by the project administrators/moderators.


You retain the copyright on the images and text that you provide. You can use them elsewhere if you choose to do so.

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