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« on: September 14, 2013 10:57:23 AM »

I am making the Hexagram Motif blanket from the Mollie Makies Crochet book. It's my first real crochet project. (Nothing like jumping straight into a big project!)

Anyway...I'm using RedHeart Soft yarn (100% acrylic so it's super washable). I've got about 1/3 of the hexes done and I started to think about the assembly. Here are my questions...

1) should I block before putting them together?
2) would it make sense to throw the hexes into lingerie bags and pop them into the washing machine?
3) they're all pretty uniform in size and shape already. Do I need to pin them down?
4) should I throw caution to the wind, assemble them as is, and hope for the best?

Here's a couple of completed hexes so you can see what I'm working with. They're much larger than they should be because I didn't read the instructions first, to know what size hook & yarn to get. Because that's the smart way to do things. Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013 11:09:21 AM »

You don't need to block before assembling. I have honestly never blocked a blanket. I don't think blocking really works with acrylic, that's what I mostly use too, but I have blocked shawls made with other materials, just never blankets with acrylic
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013 11:15:48 AM »

What about pre-washing them?
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013 05:18:28 PM »

Nope. Just throw it on the wash when it's all done. It will be easier to weave in ends that way too. When it's washed the ends tend to try to unravel a bit. And like you said, red heart is awesome for washing!
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013 05:26:34 PM »

Thanks!

I've been weaving in the ends as I go, just to get it out of the way.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2013 11:02:23 PM »

I mostly read that you block after you finish your piece. And for acrylic it's like you spray it with warm water then block.
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2013 11:36:06 AM »

I'm popping in to say that I adore your motifs and can't wait to see the finished ghan. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2013 12:43:31 PM »

Thanks! It will probably take a long time to finish it.
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