Blocking?

So, I am approaching the end of a project, and I've...well... I'm a blocking virgin, but I anticipate a need for it with this project. I was wondering if you delightful gentlemen could help me out. Be it tutorials, directions, tips, tricks, anything, it will be much appreciated.

Thanks! 

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klamathsteve's picture

Mikhael,One way to block any

Mikhael,

One way to block any knitted item is to take it to the dry cleaners, if they know what they are doing the finished product will be beautiful.  Otherwise the knit harlot has wet an item and pinned it to the clean carpet.

Steve

 Hmmmmmmm . . . Well, the

 Hmmmmmmm . . .

Well, the bad news is that it will always curl up.  Next time for your border just knit it.  All my shawls and stoles and blankets I knit on my borders as I knit the body of the garment.  One thing you *could* do if you have enough hair on your chest is to pick up those side stitches and knit a few rows of pure knit.

When I'm doing something like this I ALWAYS slip that first stitch every row.  Why?  'Cause ya just never know when you might want/need to come back and add/fix something and those slipped stitches are a snap to see and pick up.

All that said, the good news is that blocking should be a breeze.  I'd wet it, roll it up in a towel and walk on it to get out as much moisture as you can, then pin it down on the carpet or an extra bed.  Since it's cable I don't think I'd stretch it very much if at all.

In any event, next time you'll know to just knit your borders so they'll lie flat.  BTW:  if you are knitting a pattern that has an odd number of rows you don't need to have a border if you don't want to because there is no right side/wrong side.  It's reverseable and each side cancels out the other side's bias.  How kewl is *that*???

HTH

~Mike in Tampa (who likes to keep boo boo projects around as gentle reminders of lessons learned . . . also encourages humility.  HA!)
 

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Oh, I realise I'll never be

Oh, I realise I'll never be able to completely eliminate the curl, but blocking would soften it a bit at least?

-Michael

  Give it a try.  Can't

  Give it a try.  Can't hurt!Wink
 

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Mikhael, What is the

Mikhael,

 

What is the project/garment/whatever?  If it's a shawl, that's one thing.  If it's a sweater, that's another.  I'll be happy to give you some ideas but you've got to let me know what it is we're blocking.  

If it's a shawl and you want it to be cobwebby, you'll wet it and then roll it in towels and walk on it to extract excess moisture out of it.  Then, you'll lay it out on your living room  carpen OR extra bed.  Starting at the cardinal points of the shawl. you'll start pinning it after stretching it to the max.  You'll need a bazillion pins for this.  AFter you do the initial 4 points, you'll divide those quartters in half with more pins, etx.  Then you'll let it just lie there until it is completely dry.

If it's a sweater, you'll wet it, as above, squeeze out eh excess moisture, and then, on the floor or your bed, llay it out.  You'll need to know if it's too small for the recipient or if it's too big.  If it's just right, take out your tape measure and pull the garment out to the required measurements.  Let dry, but check the garment as it drys in case you need to adjust the blocking.

HTH.

~Mike (who hopes you'll let us know what you plan on blocking . . .) 

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Sorry about that! It is a

Sorry about that! It is a scarf, cabled. The main thing is a 6 stitch stockinette edging on it which is obviously curling in. Actually, if you have any other tips that might help with that , I'm listening.

-Michael