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Topic: Block before button band? Please help.  (Read 399 times)
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« on: June 06, 2007 09:22:11 AM »

Hello.  I am mostly done with a cardigan which I knit top-down in one piece (on circs, back and forth, stockinette with no edge stitches).  I started by following a pattern, but decided to go it alone towards the end.  I added a feather and fan border to the bottom of the sweater, and I really like how it turned out.

However, I was unsure of how to proceed, so I tossed the UFO in a bag to marinate... it's been marinating for weeks now, and I'd like to get it finished, so I figured I'd ask my question here.

I plan to pick up and knit a garter stitch button band, but I want the fan and feather bottom to be... well... lacy.  Should I:

a) wet-block the sweater body, stretching out the lace section as it dries;
b) steam-block and stretch the lace;
c) just pick up the button band as is and hope the garter stitch is forgiving enough for the final blocking;
d) something else???

This is the first time I've deviated from a sweater pattern, and I don't want to mess it up.  I really love it so far, but I'd like to finish.

BTW - The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007 09:28:46 AM »


Can you post a picture so we can get a better idea?


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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007 10:04:21 AM »

I'm at work, and don't have a progress pic... I'll see if I can snag a picture tonight.  In the meantime, picture a Marilyn's Not-So-Shrunken cardigan (a Knit and Tonic pattern), but instead of a turned-under hem, I added a few inches of feather and fan.  (While the pattern was great, I found that the length I made didn't suit me AT ALL, so I frogged and redid the bottom section.)
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