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« on: January 22, 2004 03:43:50 PM »

What percentage of natural fiber does the yarn your working with have to be to be block-able?? I didn't know if it had to be 100% or if it just had to have some natural fiber in it. My knitting project kinda looks like it needs it but it only is like 35% wool.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2004 03:53:30 PM »

It doesn't have to be natural at all.
The type of fiber does determine the kind of blocking you should do, though.  there's a section in Stitch 'n Bitch about it, but if you want to be super safe, I'd do the "pin it down in the shape you want, and hold a steam iron just above it" method.  I used it on a scarf that had 2 yarns - one of which was all synthetic and the other was like yours about 35% wool and the rest synthetic.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2004 09:35:51 AM »

I have blocked 100% acrylic and it was fine.  The only thing is you may have to do it periodically rather than just once.  Like, if your scarf is curling you can block it and it will hang straight, but may begin curling again as time goes on, just block it again.

« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2004 07:50:12 AM »

OK, thanks, that makes sense. I was underneath the impression that it had to be all natural! This solves a lot of problems!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2004 05:24:23 PM »

I have a wonderful book Knitting in Plain English and the author does not recommend blocking with an iron because the outcome is really unpredictable and its easy to ruin the project.  She suggests getting the right gauge and then washing you sweater.  You should wash your sweater anyway, to get the dirt and oils off it because if you block it dirty the heat sets in the dirt.  Just hand wash it and then when it's wet shape it to how you want it and let it dry.

I haven't really blocked anything ( I blocked some hats but I really didnt know why I was doing it, the pattern told me so so I did and I didn't do any heavy blocking....just set in the endges so they wouldnt curl) before but I'm going to start on my first sweater soon and will tell you how this method works.
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