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Topic: Knitty's Surface by Norah Gaughan Knitalong  (Read 4345 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009 03:58:54 AM »

I have to admit that although I love knitting, I hate sewing all the pieces together and think of it as a necessary chore. There are different ways of blocking, probably mentioned in the knitting forum on crafster, but generally it's pinning the pieces out to the dimensions given in the pattern (on a bed, carpet, special board etc) and steaming or leaving with damp towels on, whatever the yarn will allow. I normally don't do that and just iron the flat pieces over a damp cloth paying particular attention to the edges so they are easier to sew together. I would only do it properly if I had paid a lot of money for the yarn. If there is a large raised pattern or ribbing, I only do the edges as the pattern gets flattened.

It is only recently that I have come across knitting top down and not doing separate sleeves so I have always thought sewing in the sleeves as the norm. It' s quite straight forward if you match the centre top of the sleeve to the shoulder seam and evenly pin the sleeve into armhole before sewing, then you don't get gathers and odd puffy bits.

I've sent you a ravelry message and look forward to hearing from you.

I think I will be starting the Astral cardigan (from Rowan 43) I promised my sister next. It's for her birthday in June but is in 4ply cotton and she is bustier than me so I will be knitting a bigger size than usual. I would like to get it started early so I'm not rushing at the last minute.
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