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« on: June 10, 2005 11:04:43 PM »

I tried the search feature on this subject and found some posts about the ineffectiveness of blocking projects made with acrylic yarn...is this the same as 100% polyester? (dumb question?)

I am working on a project using Lion's Brand "Lion Suede" - it is the right size but the shape is a little wonky. I wondered if blocking it might help. Thanks for any advice!
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2005 01:18:26 AM »

i dont know if they're exactly the same, but they're both synthetic, so you won't want to heavily block your knitting for the same reasons (it'll melt....)

however, i DO iron acrylic jumpers i own. if you wet a tea towel, put it over your knitting and set your iron to low/ delicate/ wool and go easy you should be right.

hope that helps.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2005 10:03:01 AM »

Knitty has a great article on blocking found here:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html

According to the article, you would just pin your knitting down and spritz with water. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2005 06:35:24 AM »

Knitty has a great article on blocking found here:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html

According to the article, you would just pin your knitting down and spritz with water. 

Awesome article! Thanks for the link.
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2005 09:15:28 AM »

i've used Lion Suede before, and I'm pretty sure blocking won't do anything, as it is not a natural fiber.  I wouldn't get the yarn too hot via iron, I'm sure that this yarn would melt.  I've "killed" other acrylics to make them soft and drapey, but I personally wouldn't try it with this yarn.

you could always knit a swatch and see what happens, so you don't ruin your project.

good luck,

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2005 12:52:40 AM »

According to the article, you would just pin your knitting down and spritz with water.

Thanks for the great link, missameeames! I tried this method last night and it sort of worked - the edges don't seem to curl up as badly anymore, but that is about it...the shape is still a bit off. In the end, I was able to fudge the pattern enough at the assembly stage that my project looks more or less the way it is supposed to...

Unfortunately, I think that Anna is right...blocking won't do much good with this particular yarn.

Thanks again, everyone, for your advice!
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