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Topic: Having trouble blocking a shawl - did I knit it wrongly?  (Read 530 times)
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ludicrouslouisa
« on: August 17, 2014 04:41:33 PM »

I knitted this pattern recently http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ginkgo-crescent and I'm positive I worked all the increases right, but instead of being a smooth crescent, it's more like this big dome shape thing, with the cast-on centre being really humped. However, to block it, I need to bend it the other way. The pattern suggests using blocking wire, but I don't have any. I simply can't get it to sit the way I want with pins, it's as if there's too much excess fabric in the centre. My mother is convinced I knitted it wrongly. 
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014 04:55:10 PM »

Yeah, that happens with that pattern. Mostly people managed to block the bejabbers out of the top edge. I think it begins with the garter strip...? Most patterns that do I see the hump even after blocking, one reason I don't begin with it.

If you look at the projects on ravelry, search for tips on how to block it flatter. Instead of wires, some people use crochet thread or unwaxed dental floss run through the edge and lots of pins. There may be some help in the threads that are linked to the pattern, too; do a search for 'blocking'.
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