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creepyhugger
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2007 10:14:05 AM »

i would just like to say that i blocked a sweater with pins for the first time last night and i must retract my statement above about pins not being necessary...  i stand awed and cowed by the power of pins.  incedentally, i used a mat that we use for camping and the carpet to pin the sweater to.
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« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2007 02:15:09 PM »

I have one of those big accordion-folding cardboard thingies that are meant for cutting fabric on, and I often use that for blocking. I just unfold it on the floor in the spare bedroom, cover it with towels, and pin the knitted pieces to it. I'm also a fan of blocking before seaming, since it makes the edges so much tidier.
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2007 11:23:07 AM »

i have to reblock my clapotis... i washed it and then threw it in the dryer b/c the yarn label said i could... damn thing went back to it's pre-blocked form!  Cry

i'm going to try the "towels on the floor" thing that many of you mentioned b/c i know i won't be able to get away with using the spare bed for blocking again (the perils of living with the parents)

so from now on i am going to put my clapotis on the drying rack and never ever in the dryer!
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arabella
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2007 05:48:04 PM »

I was actually just coming here to ask if I should block the good ole cabled scarf made from Lion Brand Wool Ease?  (mostly acrylic, partly wool).  will blocking do anything?  It's a present for my partner so I have to plan carefully if I want to block it, that's why I'm asking instead of just trying it.  (ok maybe also because I'm a bit lazy!)

just for fun here is a pic of the scarf.

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redwitch
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2007 07:30:05 PM »

With that much acrylic I'm not sure how much you'll have success with blocking to set a permanent shape - worth trying IMO - but even with 100% acrylic, it will even and set the stitches nicely. Don't use steam unless you've tried it on a swatch first: some people like the way it goes soft, others feel it kills the item and takes away body/shape, makes it too floppy.

Sarah
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chevykaylor
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2007 07:33:04 PM »

I agree with Sarah on all her blocking/not-blocking advice.  But frankly, it doesn't look like your scarf needs much help.  You did a great job, and any minor irregularities add to its charm as a handknit.
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soozeq
« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2007 08:06:55 PM »

With acrylic or a blend, just wash and dry can help even out the stitches.

sue
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katie_ramone9
« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2007 09:18:06 AM »

I'm almost done knitting a sweater and i'm using 100% acryllic (its for a friend in southern california) and im not sure how to block it.  Its interweave knits arwen (second project down):
http://www.interweaveknits.com/preview/2006_winter.asp

the cableing is scrunching up and i want to even it all out but ive heard that blocking it wont do much.  is there any way i can even it all out?
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soozeq
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2007 12:13:55 PM »

Once more -- you don't need to block acrylic; it's not like wool or cotton where you can push or pull it into shape and it stays there. Wash and dry will even out the stitches; you can let it dry flat rather than in the dryer, but that doesn't have much effect on the size. It needs to be knit to the size you want.

sue
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arabella
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2007 04:59:01 PM »

thank you so much!  I wish blocking would somehow magically make all my cables the same size!  oh well, hopefully he'll love it anyway because I made it for him with my own two hands and it took months!   I just wish I'd started when I knew more about yarn so that I could have done it in something nice instead of Wool ease.  it's not bad but I hope he doesn't compare it longingly to some of the lovely soft yarns I have in my stash now!
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