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« on: September 03, 2007 06:07:02 PM »

Hi all, being a sweater newbie I just have a (few) question(s) about blocking.

When you're knitting a sweater in separate pieces, I know it's better to block the pieces before seaming to make it easier to match up the pieces. After seaming the whole sweater up, do you block it again? It makes sense to me to block it before and after seaming.

If you do block both before and after seaming, what methods do you use to block the pieces and the sweater? Thanks for any advice Smiley

(p.s. any great articles/tutorials on seaming and setting in sleeves would be greatly appreciated too Wink )
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007 07:19:40 AM »

This depends a lot on the pattern, and a bit on the yarn. However, unless the knitting needs to be soaked to "relax" the yarn, your first block should involve pins and dampness. Use a spritzer bottle or the mist option on your iron. Get the pieces moist but not saturated, and pull or push as required into shape, pinning corners and places that look rebellious. You can press the edges, too, if you need to. Let everything dry. If it's a really ornery piece, keep it pinned over night. Your second blocking is more basic. Lay the sweater flat and, with your iron held about an inch above the sweater, steam it; you can re-mist seam or other areas you think need more control. Pat it all down and let it dry completely.  I sometimes iron my knitting, but never iron ribbing.
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