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bespectacled
« on: October 11, 2007 11:10:52 AM »

...that I've been knitting for over eight years now and I just blocked something for the first time?
Granted, I've always been an acrylic girl cause I'm uber cheap..
But wow.
I have a feeling though it's gonna be majorly crooked and funny looking.. Roll Eyes
Ha ha, but that's okay cause I feel accomplished I actually tried and it was fun in a tedious way.


Phew. And that's my knitting confession.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007 11:13:36 AM »

It's ok, I don't even know what blocking is.  Roll Eyes And I have been knitting for a couple of years now.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007 11:40:45 AM »

I started knitting 40 years ago (with about 12 years off where I didn't) and have never blocked anything. Mostly because I use acrylic yarns. I do have a couple wool scarves that may look better blocked and I might get around to it some day. It seems to me blocking mainly serves two purposes - to get your piece to the correct size, and to even out the stitches. These are my thoughts on that... If you have to stretch your knitting out to make it the right size, you're knitting the size wrong, and washing something will even out the stitches, you don't have to pin it out. Blocking does help lace open up so the pattern is more prominent, but I don't do fine lacy lace, so that is something I haven't experienced.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007 12:55:10 PM »

It's not like you need to block everything you make!  Personally I just looooove to steam block so if I'm working with a fiber that permits steam blocking, I will break out the iron at any opportunity.  But for lots of things (mitts, hats, scarves, etc., or anything made out of acrylic), the need for blocking is....debatable.  I like to have my stitches nicely evened out before sewing together so I always block before seaming.  But it's not like you have to block EVERY single thing you've ever knit.

WRT to blocking to change the size, okay, you may be "knitting the wrong size" if you have to do this frequently, but sometimes it's the only way to get the right size.  For example, if you cannot *quite* get stitch/row gauge on a piece, a little blocking might fix that right up (test it on your swatch before committing to the whole piece, of course).
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007 02:42:03 PM »

I've only ever worked with acrylic, so I haven't blocked either.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007 02:47:56 PM »

Well I'm glad to hear I'm not alone Grin
And I just finished a couple lace scarves, so I thought it was definitely time to be brave and try the blocking.. just waiting for it to dry now yay!
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007 04:37:06 PM »

I blocked once and it didn't work so I don't do that anymore (it was with acrylic).

Also, I use mostly acrylic because I am cheap and allergic to most animal fibers. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007 05:35:24 PM »

Well, I have to chime in here and say I've been knitting for *gulp* over 40 years now and I have never blocked either - well, one neckerchief last Christmas - and when I started on here and saw all the blocking being done I thought, oh, shoot, I'm the only one who doesn't! (mostly I knit with acrylic too) - and thought I'd better start blocking my wools - but then I read that you have to block every time you wash it and I said forget that - because I knit for other people and I KNOW they are NEVER going to block!

So *sigh of relief* I'm glad to hear there ARE others who don't block ..

(Now, anyone want to confess to not doing a whole gauge swatch?)
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soozeq
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007 06:52:02 PM »

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(Now, anyone want to confess to not doing a whole gauge swatch?)

Me, too! Me, too....

I don't usually follow a pattern exactly, and hardly ever use the needle size recommended, so I do knit up a sample with the yarn and needles I want to use so I can figure how much I need to adjust. Or to try out a pattern stitch. I usually CO about 20 sts and knit a couplethree inches and count the middle stitches. That's about it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2007 08:25:24 PM »

*heaves a HUGE sigh of relief* Thanks soozeq! That pretty much describes me - except you are knitting more than I do - I do 3-4 rows and then count the stitches - I figure rows I can even out anyway since patterns are usually written to have you knit so many inches!

Having said that, if it is a special project for a specific person whose measurements I actually KNOW (rather than guess at, which is more common!) I DO make a better attempt at a gauge swatch... still not the whole 4x4 all the real knitters recommend!

And I so seldom follow a pattern exactly! That's the great fun of knitting, isn't it, and why EZ always wrote hers in general terms!
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