KAL Boxers Finished! Plus Chose a profile pic (finally!)

DeceptiveCookie's picture

Howdy Boys! (and the few Girls on here too!)

Just wanted to post an update as I havn't updated in a while! I've finished my boxers for the KAL! I'm happy to say that they came out uber cute, but I'm a little disappointed in how long they got after I blocked them.

I'm a total newbie to blocking things to a specific size (everything that I have needed to block so far have been scarves and wraps that really don't require it to be a specific size). The moment the boxers hit the water, it's like the stitches relaxed and stretched their legs... now they're about 4 inches longer than I intended them to be! The guage of my knitting changed too, instead of the 6.5 stitches per inch, I'm getting about 5 stitches per inch. Should I have soaked and blocked my swatch before I measured? Should I have steam blocked instead? - If I did steamblock, how do you wash knitting without it getting all huge - I didn't stretch at all I just laid everything flat. Can anyone recommend a good resource for the ins and outs of blocking?

This project has me a little scared of attempting the sweaters I have in my queue- especially with my last sweater debacle already hanging over my head! (The reason why I hate lion brand homespun!)

Blocking blunders aside, I'm still very happy with the way they turned out. Pictures below - sorry they're blurry, I'm in desperate need of a new camera, and all I have is my iPhone right now! Oh, and yes, I also finally chose a profile picture. Still hate it, but oh well. At least I'm recognizable now!

Finished Boxers front

Finished Boxers back

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Comments

hypie100's picture

They are really cool, great

They are really cool, great boxers ;-)

I am going to ask, what yarn

I am going to ask, what yarn did you use? If it is yarn that is machine washable and dryable, just throw it in the washer and dryer. This is one of those items that blocking is not necessary ( I know I am going to get lots of flack on this ) I have found that if I use any machine washable and dryable yarn, I just toss it in the washer and dryer and be done with it. If I make an item out of 100% wool I only steam block with an steam iron. The shorts look great. and I love the colors.

TheKnittingMill's picture

You go ahead with your bad

You go ahead with your bad self Chester! Don't beat yourself up about the not washing your swatch thing! There are still yarns I will use that I won't pre-wash the swatch or even swatch at all (heaven for bid). I've found that the more experience I get with different fiber contents and the way they're spun/plied, the better I can judge how much time and effort I need to spend on swatching/washing. A lot depends on what you're knitting too! I'm slowly building a list of my favorites in my knitting journal, so with those I know how they will react when blocked (mostly, unless it's some weird patterning). I think your shorts are great! I love the colors and they sort of look like comfy board shorts! If, after a while, you don't seem to be wearing them because of the length you could always pick up stitches around the legs and add a little length for cropped yoga pants, or add a lot of length for pajama pants in the contrasting color. Have fun with 'em!

Swatching...... What is

Swatching...... What is that???

DeceptiveCookie's picture

*sigh* I guess it was a

*sigh* I guess it was a learning experience... this is the first time I've attempted to make a fitted garment since the homespun debacle of '07... I've totally got this bad habit of skipping due dilligence and just going into things.
I've found 4 of my books so far have told me I should have blocked my swatch... oh well...
Looking back, I realize that this is the first piece I've made that required me to hit my gauge dead on in years... since "the incident" and that I've really made no attempt in challenging myself in this respect since.

Going to hit the books on this... total amateur mistake that I shouldn't have made. Anyways... I still like how they came out... it was just a surprise in the end.

MMario's picture

I can't talk....I don't knit

I can't talk....I don't knit things to gauge - except stuffed animals and even then I usually fudge to get the shape I want.

and I swatch maybe one in twenty projects.....

Tallguy's picture

Should I have soaked and

Should I have soaked and blocked my swatch before I measured?

Um.... yah!! All your swatches need to be finished as you will with the final item. That means washed in water, dried, steamed, blocked, stretched, ironed, pounded, brushed, or whatever it is you are going to do to it. You won't know what that yarn will do as fabric until you do it. Measure before and after. As you say... what will happen when the final recipient washes it? You need to know. Some stitches stretch a lot more than others... and you need sleeves to be the right length -- and even boxers as well!

ronhuber's picture

I like the length as well.

I like the length as well. Great colours.

albert's picture

Love the colors, and the

Love the colors, and the overall effect with the extra length.

MMario's picture

To answer your question: The

To answer your question:

The moment the boxers hit the water, it's like the stitches relaxed and stretched their legs... now they're about 4 inches longer than I intended them to be! The guage of my knitting changed too, instead of the 6.5 stitches per inch, I'm getting about 5 stitches per inch. Should I have soaked and blocked my swatch before I measured?

ayuh, probably should have.

Depending on the yarn, and how stretched it is, you can sometimes pat it back into the "unstretched" shape while it is still wet; and once it is dry it will stay that way....