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« on: January 24, 2006 06:51:33 AM »

I have made a couple bags and I think they need to be blocked since some of the stitches don't look completely even, when I know they are.

Can anyone tell me what you do for wet blocking?  I've read about it in a couple different books, but they all give a couple different ways to do it with different materials.  I thought I would ask here to see what others find to be the easiest, without having to go out and buy a board to pin the things to.  Any tips would be appreciated!

Also, I made a bag from Cascade 220, which is 50% wool and 50% llama.  IS there any special way I need to block this or is just water okay?
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006 11:46:19 AM »

There's an article on knitty, which is a knitting magazine, but the blocking guidelines still apply.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html
She says to use different techniques according to the content of the yarn. But it seems as thought a good all-around blocking technique is tepid water spritzed onto the item, then pin it in place.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006 06:07:20 PM »

I block all my crochet items with the pin and wet method but I use heavy cardboard as my backing.  If it's something like a square, I draw out the size I want it to be and then I pin the item to match the lines, gently stretching as needed.  Then I give the item a good spraying with water and let it dry.  I do the same with doilies.
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