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« on: February 27, 2007 08:28:59 AM »

Ok, so I just finished knitting my first sweater - Knitty's Daisy Plain version ( http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer03/PATTdaisy.html ). I knit it using Bernat Satin, which is 100% acrylic.

In Daisy's instructions, it says to make sure to block the sweater before seaming. From what I've read previously - I have it in my head that blocking acrylic is pretty much useless? Am I right in thinking this?

Should it really be blocked - or can I leave it as it is?  Undecided

Thanks to anyone who can help me out with this!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007 08:34:06 AM »

you're right, you can't actually block acrylic.

and that sweater is really cute  Smiley I have a nephew or neice to be due in June, I'm on the lookout for cute kid knits  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007 08:41:04 AM »

Ummm....I blocked acrylic and it comes out beautiful.  I wash it gently by hand and squeeze out the water with a towel without wringing. I then lay it flat on a mesh sweater dryer and pin it down with the blocking pins and lay the sweater dryer over the radiator over night or however long it would take.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007 09:05:37 AM »

just throw them in the washer and dryer, then piece together. With acrylic all you need to do is even out the stitches and that is what washing and drying will do.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007 09:14:01 AM »

Ive worked with bernat satin before (several times in fact, its my fave yarn). Blocking does help a bit. The best method I've found is to soak it in water. Don't wring it, just press ir againest the side of the sink/tub to remove exess water. then layer between two towels, making sure it doesn't curl. replace the towels if they are too wet other wise it will take like 3 days to dry lol. leave it between the towels and let it dry. make sure you use a towel on top and bottom. The one on the top hold the piece down and it dried flatter. It won't be perfect but it works better than other methods I've tried.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2007 11:23:09 PM »

I think the confusion is that blocking natural fibers evens out the stitches but also fluffs up the yarn and locks in all the kinks and bends of the stitches so you create a cohesive piece of fabric instead of just a bunch of stitches.

When you block acrylic, it will still even out the stitches, but the fiber itself isn't going to change.

As long as it looks okay, I'll usually just wear an acrylic garment straight off the needles and wait till it's dirty to wash it and even the stitches out more.
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2007 03:14:39 PM »

i didn't want to start a new thread for this, since i would have used the same title....

i'm making this rutgers afghan

and at one point i dropped a stitch, and it went down too far for me to rip back (the middle of the r), and its all in garter stitch, and i had no idea how to fix it, so my mom fixed it for me, and finished off that row....
now, i never realized how differently we knit....i know i knit tight, but, i didn't realize just how tight....the row she finished is glaringly obvious, along with the fact i had picked up a stitch somewhere and you can totally see where i fixed that (altho, i can't tell where i picked it up...)
anywho, if i tried to block this, would it somehow fix that one row?
it looks ok where the dropped stitch was (off to the right of the picture) and i don't think any non-knitter would notice that, but i think they'd notice that one row...
if blocking wouldn't work, is there anything else? i noticed it too late, and i wasn't about to rip back to redo that row...(the 'r' was kinda annoying to do....)- oh, its read heart super saver....
any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated...
thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2007 03:40:43 PM »

It's acrylic, which means it's washable and dryable.

Running it through a light cycle in the washer, and the dryer, it'll all ease up and won't be noticeable.

I always do that with acrylic blankets, it evens everything out.
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2007 05:03:45 PM »

animal fibers have barbs that sort of catch on each other, kind of like velcro. thats why blocking is so effective (and why felting occurs).  Think of blocking as a very very very mild form of felting.  acrylic won't block in the traditional sense because it doesn't have barbs that catch on each other.  i'm sure you can straighten it out a bit while its wet, like the others said, which is very much like blocking.  but by definition, its not blocking. just an fyi!
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2007 09:03:08 PM »

This might be taboo for some knitters but I have done it before.  I iron the pieces with a very moderate heat.  This sets (and sometimes softens) the drape of a garment.

If you are unsure about doing this, make a swatch and iron it and see if you like how the yarn reacts. 

While you can't really block acrylic, you can work toward getting more flat edges to seam more easily. 

Of course, just my two cents.  =)
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