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Topic: Blocking - how much can it help the difference between tighter SC and lace?  (Read 301 times)
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« on: February 21, 2010 06:30:56 PM »

I'm still quite new to the world of crochet and blocking (I've only blocked one project - and that was snowflakes at Christmas time), so I don't know what the limits of blocking would be to correct this problem or at least minimize it...

I'm making a little drawstring purse - the base was done in SC and I have a band where I did 2SC, ch1 (skip one stitch) (not sure if I described that right, but it's turned out a bit tighter than the SC which I'm happy with).

The problem is the next section - I rather wanted it to be at least a bit lacy, but of course any lacy stitch (even mostly closed lacy stuff) has a lot more give and is looser than the base.

Will blocking this help even this out, or should I frog it (again) and work in some decreases? I don't want the middle part of the purse to be fatter than the base - but I don't have enough experience with blocking to know if I can stretch out the bottom to match the slightly looser middle or if the middle will also get even more lax exasperating the problem. I'm working with a size 3, 100% Mercerized Cotton crochet thread.

Any help gratefully appreciated.
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