I block the pieces of a sweater before I sew it up – easier to rip back if it grows/ isn’t right – it flattens out the edges and opens out the stitches a bit making mattress stitching it together easier. Apr 11, 2019. For a lot of people, knitting tension problems go away after they've been knitting for a while and their hands start to get used to how tight the yarn should feel when they pull their stitches through. When the work flattens out – through washing or wearing, then you discover that your gauge was way off. Thank you, I have just been looking for information approximately this subject for ages and yours is the best Knitting is far more of an art than the science people have tried to make it become. So then I blocked the slouchy beanies I made for my daughter. Can I have some pointers for a god gauge swatch? Let’s get this spring thing going! Blocking involves: Measuring all dimensions of a garment prior to cleaning. All that work, for me ruining it by zealous ironwork. Thanks again!! Knowing how big she is, someone must have made that sweater too big on purpose. Bravo, Stephanie! I was pretty much with the program (blocking) but am now a full disciple. Considering we have never met – and I have no idea who you are – I do have to wonder who named you the Babywear Police. It needs blocking again. I’m going to state an uncomfortable truth here. These methods are called as the natural methods of breast enhancement. I figured you would like to know. The yarn breaks easily, to say the least, but it isn’t hard to splice it back together. My stitches are even textured and neat. It’s stretching.). I had no trouble with “fart with the sleeves.” And I just wanted to say here in New England, some of us have been known to use the phrase, “fool-farting around,” as in “I fool-farted with the sleeves.” People seem to have no trouble understanding it. You are always so kind and so informative, and hilarious on top of those. Finally finished my maple leaf shawl! Right now I’m lucky to get four hours sleep each night. I blocked it flat (ie. Query: When I have a garment that needs seaming, I block before sewing it up, to make sure that the front and the back are the same length and such. Have you read anything about Catherine Lowe’s opinions about blocking? I always wash acrylic & dry in the dryer – had no idea that was ‘blocking’. I finished a BSJ once with ribbons for fear of getting the wrong buttons. , Pingback: In the sea of green… | Knitting & Quinces. Plus, she’s a spinner and knitter, and is from Newfoundland as well. I thought I was just an untidy knitter. That use of fart is pretty common in the slightly upper midwest too. Are you positive about the supply? by folding in half, stretching out, pinning – after a soak of course), and thought I could have done a better job. I have discovered more than once that until it is blocked, a sweater is merely a collection of knitted pieces I’ve sewn together. Many times I hate the yarn texture when I’m knitting it but after blocking? Thanks for the tutorial! Acrylic totally looks better after blocking. Thank you thank you. Socks get washed and hung to dry (is that blocking if I don’t use sock stretchers ?) I don’t usually block socks – I sometimes manage to wash before giving, but they are often last minute. Originally from Chicago. Blocking is the final step of making your project. Good luck! Thanks for the wonderful comments about my website and my Rav presence! It’s fantastic! This keeps the cat away (doesn’t like getting his fur mussed up) and it helps things dry faster. Science. After looking through the world wide web and getting views that were not beneficial, I assumed my entire life was well over. Thank you so much for clearing that up! I love how you’re showing exactly how it is and how simple it is and not to let the terminology get in the way. 19 st and 24 rows to 4 inches on US 7 (4.5mm) needles, in Double Seed Stitch, after blocking. Thanks! Once you finish that, cut out the extra material on the inside. Please wash and block your swatch before measuring! | alottastitches, Pingback: Wee Cria KAL — Finishing | Yarn Buyer. What about toys, do you block them? Thank you for the clarification. I never blocked anything, except the occasional bit with the steam from an iron. Stockinette stitch worked without any borders is always going to curl. I sometimes feel that my sock fits perfectly and when I block them they seem to loose a bit of their elasticity. I am thinking of blocking it again. I’d been hung up about the style of blocking I used to do, ie in separate pieces before sewing together as a whole garment. The roundness of the stitches makes it look like you’re getting gauge when you’re really not. That’s a pretty big change for ten minutes of effort. Seriously, why are you yelling at people? Please tell me how to accomplish #9, keep the cat off your blocked project? I always block on top of my washing machine and/or dryer; they have a nice flat surface and the door to the laundry room prevents feline incursions! Unless, wee M has green eyes, and then I might go with a pearl green to make her eyes pop when she’s wearing it. I always block my shawls, but not always my hats and scarves. If you have a wool sweater that's too big—like a hand-me-down, thrift store find, or weight loss leftover—you can try to shrink it with these tips from weblog Put This On. THANK YOU now let’s talk more about this. Robyn: i assume we’re speaking of wool here, not acrylic. Thank you. I had the same question. This post is going to be about blocking a wee sweater, not blocking all the things in the whole world. Login to post a comment. I remember from one pattern to block aggressively. . That’s my go to yarn with five boys who fight over the last thing off the needles that’s kid sized. ... it is entirely possible to have a pre-blocked gauge of 18 sts = 4” but after blocking the measurement can increase to 14 stitches = … Jo-Anne: I have a cowl I just blocked, and the edges are still curling. With a little care and attention, you can transform a crumpled piece of knitting into a beautiful showpiece.Even though … You converted me! That you should basically knit your swatches and garments tighter than called for by the yarn or label and stretch the dickens out of them to get them to the right size? Amazing! I … As I’ve mentioned previously, the sweater that I knit for Michael is finished but not done. Like flowers in a meadow. Again: Almost always -sweaters and garments that get sloppy and loose after washing/blocking aren’t a sign of a blocking problem. I let it soak for about 20 minutes, and sometimes a little longer. Article by Danielle S. LeBlanc. Do you have a round shape you use upon which to block? This is such a spot-on, important post! We farted with things. I just donated a gorgeous wool lace shawl with many points to Go Red heart health auction. Hopefully they’ll see the light. Just blocked a Sasha doll sweater for my sister, this is really an excellent tutorial. Nice to know what I did wrong there. But, what about the bottom line? Just thought I would mention that an acquaintance of mine has knit several scarves with that stitch combination, using wool & angora, & the scarves are much improved with blocking since the design is more transparent. You can’t make a sweater 6 inches bigger than it was originally knit—it’s simply not possible. I will also print this and add to the tech binder. Because this sweater has such an open fabric, you’ll want to be careful not to block it too big. Thank you for the tutorial. hbspt.forms.create({portalId: "6817144",formId: "f0f8d4c4-aae0-4df9-9443-19046428d6cb" The sweater looks fantastic! And my step 9 involves 2 cats, both of whom love knitting. And 2) Should I use pins, steam, both, or what?! Am I the only person who thinks of this. But at any rate, clearly a lovely post and one that will make many knitters’ work much lovelier. I vote for daffodil yellow buttons, maybe ones with flowers painted on them. What a lovely little sweater. I also feel like I can’t really try making a grown-ass-woman-sized sweater until I figure it out. Step 7: I get out the measuring tape. A password will be sent to your email address. Blocking is not Stretching. I’m almost done with a sweater that is “rowing out” which has never happened to me before. However, i do wash and dry every hat i make before i send it off to charity, so does that count? No matter how much you block that cowl, it’s going to coil up like a cannoli as soon as you unpin it. Nothing is wrong with this sweater though. Step 3: I lay a clean towel down somewhere flat and big enough, and start blocking. Before blocking, lace looks like a sad, shriveled-up heap of holey knitting. Unlike horseshoes and slow dancing, close doesn’t count in knitting. Some tips from the sock goddess would really be helpful!!! They do not mean the same thing. Thanks! Stretching is not blocking. And when I do, I always wonder why I don’t since everything looks and feels so much nicer after a good soak! This is the one thing I dislike to the point that I have a pile of FOs that need to be washed and blocked…because I dislike doing it. They shouldn’t need sorting out. Ok, you’ve convinced me. Thank you for the blocking lesson! I can’t even believe this. Needless to say, it’s better to swatch and get the correct gauge before making the sweater than it is to stretch it to fit afterward. People tend to be asking about the one where the fabric is pinned out and stretched. Most yarns will grow with washing and you might end up with a sweater too big if your tension pre-blocking is 19 st to 4 inches. Nice to know how to do it properly. Good thing I’ve recognized that I like bad boys, and naughty yarns, or I’d have ended up with worse in the husband arena and given up knitting! Blocking and yes I use that term about stretching out knitting and pinning it, not finishing or shaping your knitting which is entirely different, was not used by regular knitters of yesteryear. When you get the fibers wet, some of the molecules are slipping and sliding around. Also bear in mind that this fix is temporary; you’ll need to block your sweater to the larger measurements every time you wash it. darn it! I have a nearly-finished sweater to block, and since it is always going to be winter in Boston, I will take care of business tomorrow. I’ve found it makes it much easier to sew the seams. Thanks for the inspiration! Finished Object. Here’s my headless body wearing the sweater before blocking. Milky green buttons – matching the yellow/green in the sweater. However, blocking knits can make a huge difference in how the final project looks; it adds that last bit of polish that changes your knits from looking “homemade” to “handmade.” It can also fix some of your knitting problems. It really paid off. I noticed this: The knitting was twisting a little, the sides weren’t even. This finally clarifies (and demystifies) blocking for me. In the sunshine–if I were silly enough to leave a wool garment in direct sunlight. All right, here we are. Here’s why: Imagine a sweater front that’s supposed to be knit at 4.5 stitches per … Everyone says that top-down sweaters are the best, because “you can try it on as you go!” But if you don’t really achieve the proper gauge until after it’s washed, then how exactly is trying it on as you go supposed to be enlightening? I just became a grandmother to a little girl. There are two main methods for fixing a too-wide sweater. Blocking involves cleaning. Sometimes it has spinning oils or sizing in it, sometimes it sat on a shelf for a while, and it certainly picked up oils and dirt from your hands while you were working on it. Do you block socks and if so do you use the sock forms? Light blue buttons, to bring out the beautiful little bits of light blue in the sweater. For many years I didn’t block. Hard learned lesson, huuuge coat, grew on the body with wear. Short for fiddly-fart around (variation of fiddling with something). I loved your lace blocking, and I need to make a circular lace blocking sheet like yours, it is brilliant! This sweater has no elements that I want to stretch (like lace) and nothing that needs opening up. I used to think that my stitches were soooo uneven until I started washing my just-finished knits. Thanks for this. Glad to see my basic blocking process is pretty similar to yours. If your sweater is too small, it’s best to frog it and reknit it at the correct gauge or pass it along to someone who fits into it. (You can usually tell that without the tape – but still.). You can’t even tell if you’ve done it right until you block properly.). I wore the sweater anyway, but it taught me a lesson. I was surprised to see others refer to it as a British thing! LOL. I am a blocker but still enjoyed every minute of this and learned a couple things. It is also not possible to measure consistently and accurately. Reply. Or, for a real statement, the color of the tulips in the foreground? . OK a new phrase for me then Thanks Vicki, Deanna, & Alicia. Judy’s on Ravelry as TiaJudy. 4. I don’t always block, but now I realize I really should do it. I understood the importance of blocking from your mitten blocking tutorial a while back but this helped with more details. Perfect timing for me, thank you. Thank you! (Dyeing Yarn With Drink Powder) | Casey Kay B, Pingback: Block Party | katie's photo project, Pingback: Look Ma, No Holes! I’ve always rinsed after Eucalan, but happy to learn to save a step. I liked the “yarn with opinion”. Some people would like this fit. Awesome post, and very informative. Karin, Pingback: Blocking And Gauge Issues | The Knitting Theologian. Pingback: Summer School – Blocking | Pantsville Press. some wool-washes are no-rinse. It’s solid. I finished it two days ago! It’s also a lot smaller than my (washed and blocked) gauge swatch told me it would be. | Rakish Looking Craft. Now, I’m off to re-knit a swatch for a shirt that I’m halfway through- and I’ll block it this time! Apr 12, 2019. If your finished sweater is a little snug, you can sometimes block it to fit. Especially on socks with contrast heels and toes? Really well-done, Steph…convincing, (side-by-side photo at the end helps a lot!) report. I am one of those who thought blocking/stretching were the same thing. A thousand thanks. It just turns them off and they don’t hear your message, no matter how important it is. She attended your Boston booksigning and mailed the book to me in Illinois. They look great but are made up of nothing but lies. Any chance you’d consider doing another on weaving in ends? Seriously, I’ve yet to get a swatch to tell me the truth about my gauge, blocked or unblocked. I learned that I have been instinctually “blocking” my work for years for all the right reasons. I re-block the assembled garment as you describe. At best, you’ll just stretch out the stitches in a most unattractive way; at worst, you’ll stretch the yarn to its breaking point and destroy your sweater. If you do not wish to get these notifications anymore, please just block this account.) Okay, this explanation is the first thing that’s ever convinced me that I should actually block a swatch. This is such a helpful post! It still leaves me wondering how you get those beautiful stockinette-based lace scarves and shawls that are not curling, but maybe you’ll deal with that in a future blog. Not all the bonds holding the molecules together are broken by water, but some of them are. I vote natural, light wood buttons. How to turn an oversized thrifted cardigan into a smaller, fitted sweater in 30 minutes. It is a vital step in the lace knitting process; do not skip blocking lace! I’m theorizing that there’s a tiny of bit of slack in each knit and (especially) each purl stitch that really multiplies over the course of an entire garment. Also, I assume that step 9 is the hardest part of blocking this sweater. I think I’ll be blocking things more often now, especially since I had been misinformed about blocking. . Just because I can’t leave well enough alone. Glad I read this before asking it again! What should I tell the recipients. When everyone starts blocking their knits, the derogatory “home made” label (applied to hand knits by the muggles) might slowly disappear. I just finished a sweater last night, tried it on, took a picture and put it away in my sweater drawer. Everything I make looks so much better after blocking, even if it is only a simple rectangular scarf. 2) I knit my sweater in three pieces: two sleeves and the body (i knit the back and fronts in one piece). People should learn to make a beautiful fabric before going off and doing clever things but basically ruining them. Can you please tell me what pattern you used to knit the beautiful baby sweater you used in your tutorial – Blocking – a little sweater. Some you mention finishing and wearing when you’re on the road. Remember, don’t stretch out any ribbing while you are blocking as it will lose its elasticity. Be more like me . Your email address will not be published. Thank you! I’ve heard the phrase “the yarn blooms”. I know some of those blocking=stretching knitters. Also, I had not thought about the dirt from the yarn and the processes that occurr in knitting that make blocking so important. How It Turned Out. Please also talk over with my web site =). You’re a gem. It moves wonders with a wet malleable knitted object. As it is..I am currently taking the Craft Yarn Council instructors certification and the gauge portion of the assignment was the most important part in my mind. If it’s a sturdy thing I sometimes step on the towel. My first sweater I washed and then ‘steam stretched’ – think heat, and heaps of water/steam applied to the garment – absolutely horrible! (For you more buxom lasses, this can be a good way to get a better fit through the bust.) This was very helpful and i’m planning on blocking a cardigan i finished knitting for the first time. Be especially careful to place the template equidistant from both sides of the garment. I learned that the hard way when my first sweater out of super wash grew three sizes when I wet it. Here’s a short list of things blocking can (and can’t!) It seems like blocking it first would make it easier to pick up the stitches, right? I will block now. I love blocking – it’s like magic! Yarn is effected by the spinning process, often compacted – and it doesn’t reveal  its true character until it’s been washed. Two of my favorite things making so much sense together! Not a typo Think it must be the yarn which, come to think of it, was on sale. So superior all round, really. Still, it does need to be washed, and then … blocked – I’m a convert! = ). I vote for bright pink buttons! Swatches are a lot like my ex-husbands. I fart with the sleeves to make sure they’re the same, folded truly along the midline of the sleeve. I’m sure any buttons you choose will look just perfect! That’s it! I have blocked many things, but often depends on the yarn. That does count. This afghan has a deep, detailed pattern ( http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70122AD.html ) that will definitely need special attention with blocking, I’m thinking. Step 9: Keep the cat from lying on it until it’s dry. Lay your sweater out on your blocking boards (or mattress, or carpet) and using your hands push it into shape. If I’m out of wool wash, I use shampoo to wash. share. Bookmarked. Blocking can sometimes involve stretching, like with lace, but most of the time it’s important to remember that blocking in knitting is like blocking in the theatre. It’s an acrylic yarn, I followed your directions, and it blocked out beautifully. Regular Price $52.90. I do know when I first started learning to knit, it seemed as though people were equating blocking and stretching, and it was extremely confusing for me at first, but eventually, I got the hang of it. These days I’m looking for any excuse to use Laura Sheppard’s handmade pottery ones (they’re available on Etsy under sheppardhandmade) I think a couple of these might be perfect on your Tiny Tea Leaves. Oh no! I knit a pi shawl out of the Icelandic wool you are thinking about from Schoolhouse Press. I filled the (clean) sink (I’d use the bathtub if my sweater was bigger) with tepid water and a little wool wash. (I like Soak and Eucalan equally – depending on what I’m washing.) I have a sweater dress! I love patting everything back into place, so therapeutic. I’m all about matchy buttons. Thanks so much for the blocking instructions. I could not be happier. ), I love Laura’s buttons! Pardon my adoration, I know I sound like those weird spammy messages. Are the sleeves the same length? This step-by-step guide is terrific, and I know it works. Thank you for clarifying the difference between stretching and blocking. Sweet blue buttons would be nice. Then I put it on a towel on the floor, roll it up inside, and press on the towel to dry it a bit. I have bookmarked it, and will direct my friends (who don’t like to block their knitting) to this post. Don’t you still have several sets of buttons left from the layette set you made a while back. I’ve came upon till now. Blocking works for lots of reasons, but including: part of what holds a fiber together (not the yarn, but the actual individual hair fiber) are molecular bonds that are broken by water. That phrase takes me back. Not a reply, but a “me too!” I’d love to know the answer to that question, as I am at the point of a cardigan where I have to add the button band. The director will block the scene, choosing where the actors go, and putting things in their proper place – and that’s a good comparison for knitting. I make it straight along the bottom hem, patting everything gently where I want it to be. And they won’t know how to block. The whole concept is bizarre. These jeans (Fitted Skinny Jean by Forever21, $15.50) help section off your figure, drawing the eye toward your shapely stems. Maybe a mossy green? I failed the human verification test the first time I tried to post and this time it wanted me to identify a robot. It’s just not finished. For acrylic, washing and drying is usually all the blocking it needs. Step 4: I spread out the back. I usually overshoot and knit a size that’s too big, so this one will turn out just right. Posted by 4 days ago. I don’t block my socks, but I do wash them and lay them flat to dry. Pingback: Blocking- a little sweater | Yarn Harlot | Knit It Up, Pingback: FO: Neck Warmer » Anna's Creative Corner. 3.0k. I made the same sweater for my daughter (her first knit sweater from me) and now I’ll know how to appropriately care for it! ... 4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but too big. great post on blocking. Judy! Buttons – perhaps a cooling bit of sage green for accent? ), A great little tutorial. It’s just lovely! Sale ends soon: Knit Your Love Cardigan in Ivory For Kids. This is the reason that you wash swatches. Step 8: Finesse. Simple, helpful, and with a visual. Promising review: "I bought this cashmere V-neck sweater in multiple colors and I absolutely love them all! ), Deep Woods Toque Knitting Pattern Download, Basic Finishing Techniques: Transform Your Knitting with Blocking and More with Tanis Gray Video Download, Learn the Importance of Gauge Webinar with Simona Merchant-Dest, Interweave Knits Workshop: Blocking Knits with Anne Hanson Video Download, Rambling Rose Cardigan Knitting Pattern Download. Blocking makes items go from home made to hand made! Reply. As for blocking pieces, I assume it’s an “arrange and measure” strategy to make sure they are all the right size? Maybe also because it snowed again yesterday, that could have something to do with my desire for color too! I am firm believer in blocking everything. Great reference tutorial; thanks! Notice the warning about the huge file size of the high res photo, 150K, yes K, which was huge in the dial-up modem era! (Originally posted on October 25, 2018; updated on October 23, 2019. I would suggest natural wood buttons with cute details. If you are afraid of the blocking it is because….well…come on now…Prof. Thanks!! e.g. I am a believer in blocking but wasn’t aware of the value of soaking the finished product vs steam blocking, which is all I ever knew about until quite recently. Clearly, it wants to be untidy. Is that not necessary? I had never heard that before. I loved your tutorial. It brings it to life. my only question is: so then you don’t have to rinse out soak or eucalan? Distorting and pulling at a fabric is an anathema. What a great tutorial! The side seam picture was very helpful. Something about dyer-drying most of the way fights the superwash-grow issue. This is why swatching lies. You have helped me understand the difference!! Blocking turns a project into a garment. They always know where you DON”T want them to lay! (I had a sleeve… accident… when I washed a pullover last week, and they were significantly shorter on the seam side than the top!). one year ago I saw a beautiful mystery sweater online and decided I was going to learn to //really// knit so I could make one for myself. It’s perfect as is.” Now I will block just to make sure it stays that way and looks more smooth. People don’t wash their knitting when they’re done? Blocking knitting can also help to solve some size problems, particularly with sweaters. And when I wash mine, I soak and squeeze (in a towel) just as you do, but usually hang them over the edge of something to dry. (Sometimes if things don’t get really wet because you were rushing you can have poor results.). I don’t know who started the idea that blocking and stretching are the same, but I think it screws a lot of knitters up, because they think that if something doesn’t need stretching, then it doesn’t need blocking – which is totally inaccurate. Submerge your sweater in the water and gently press it and/or turn it as needed so the water is able to fully penetrate the garment. Soaking the project helps even out the overall tension, allowing the stitches to settle in together. The most important part of blocking has already happened for this sweater. I have two scarves with the same basic knit pattern of k2tog, yo, repeat and it makes a very mesh-like fabric. you a lot of work, there is a tool that creates readable, google friendly articles Existing without the presence of solutions to the difficulties you have solved all through your entire write-up is a crucial case, and ones that might have negatively damaged my entire career if I hadn’t come across your blog, Your email address will not be published. From knitting to jewelry, new patterns to timeless tutorials, our experts have you covered! If they are different sizes (such as the front is longer than the back), blocking can be used to stretch the smaller piece so that it matches the larger. The only thing I’ve blocked in my whole life is a very fancy and finicky lace shawl, which I far and away consider the best piece I’ve ever made. And it’s ready to finish faster if you don’t have to wait for all the bits to dry, and have enough pins. And yes, I once killed some Acryllic. The same sweater, after blocking It lies flat, curves appropriately and the stitches are even. Still, hope springs – it might be worth another shot if you didn’t fully block the first time. I am not going to re-do it, but will wear it anyway because I love the pattern and the color. ANYWAY! And use a dinner plate to block berets. If you need extra help stretching your sweater, use some pins to secure the perimeter of the garment. I thought I understood blocking before- but I think I really get it, now. A lot of times I hesitate to block something like a hazy scarf because in my experience a mohair or other hazy yarn will lose that wonderful bounce and haze and end up looking stringy and flat. Does the temperature of the water affect blocking – does it matter if the water is cold, warm, or hot? It’s so empowering! I always think it is going to stay too damp on the other side. Luckily I had some educated “blocker” friends. ECOWISH Women Sweater Long Sleeve Color Block Knit Pullover Sweaters Crew Neck Patchwork Casual Loose Jumper Tops 4.2 out of 5 stars 255 $31.97 $ 31 . More than happy … but happy sounds less creepy than I’ve made you my new best friend. Thought I was done. The tutorial was a good read! Her explanation is a little more finessed than that, but as her thoughts come from a background relating to haute couture and, I think, commercial knit fabrics which are often treated this way I’m not sure I agree that her methods are necessary for handknitters looking to get the neatest finish on a piece of knitting. Hi, Hey, frequently I receive a 403 error when I view this webpage. I am glad I stopped avoiding this issue and just faced it square on. Yes, it’s old school–my knitting site has been online since before some current knitters were born (1994). Knitting done these days is often pretty ugly. fantastic points altogether, you simply gained And thank you! Step 2: I retrieve the wee sweater from the sink, and hold it all together, all its parts supported, and squeeze out the water gently. Think of blocking as an activity that is all the stuff that you do to a project after it’s done – not just something you do with pins and wires. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I just love that you used the phrase fart around with the sleeves. Your post has push me into blocking my Egeblad doily today. for the buttons – I’d vote for a soft greeny/blue. So based on the comments, I’m assuming that the answer to my question “When so I add buttons to the baby cardigan I just finished?” (my first sweater!) I’m so glad you wrote this. Little yellow duckie buttons would be nice if you have them. Blocking is finishing the piece, and that usually means a) getting it clean and b) putting all the elements in their proper place, whatever that place is. Thank you!! Excellent instructions. There were a ton of blocking questions in the comments yesterday, so I thought I’d answer a few here: Alison: But Steph, what happens as soon as you wash something? Try blocking your next project and see what a difference it makes! By stretching the fabric during blocking, all the yarnovers open up to reveal an airy, lacy fabric. Does it matter whether I also had to add something like a button band? The fact that you compared blocking your knitting to blocking in theatre makes my heart sing! I’m from Oklahoma originally. Stay up to date with the latest content, educational resources, promotions and special news from our partners. Lambness, that was the first question asked and answered up there at the top. Plant-based fibers (cotton, linen) will get droopy, and synthetic fibers (nylon, acrylic) won't maintain their shape after blocking. Stranded colorwork in particular benefits from a good blocking to even out the stitches and make a more cohesive fabric. (Dyeing Yarn With Drink Powder) | Casey Kay B, http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70122AD.html, Possibly the most spoilt bears in Wales | A Motley Yarn, Summer School – Blocking | Pantsville Press. Also, I block on the top bunk of my kids’ bunkbeds and make the kid who is taking that bunk (they like to mix it up) visit Sofa City. At best, you’ll just stretch out the stitches in a most unattractive way; at worst, you’ll stretch the yarn to its breaking point and destroy your sweater. This causes the fibers to shrink even further. Your garment was knit too loosely. Would you agree or have I been an idiot? I also wash and block a large gauge swatch for anything that is going to be sweater like. It turned out the size of a bedspread after blocking, which is what I use it for, since it is too big to wear. Should I seam the sweater together and then block it, or should I block each piece separately? I have blocked for years, but this helped me realize some things I could do better. So many clever knitters (in the feats they understand and perform with the stitches) but very many of them do not make nice fabric and hope to block all those imperfections out. Hello guys, I’m a new parent and I’m trying to get my two month son to sleep through the night. Thanks Stephanie. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2018. Gauge is an interesting little phenomenon. and love the reference to the filthy lies an unwashed swatch can tell (and of course, even the best-cared for swatch in the world is still a potential lier, but let’s pretend this isn’t so for this afternoon so we can knit in peace. Your stitches are too big and you’re getting 4 stitches per inch instead of 4.5. Anyway. It’s not my usual style at all, but I love that kids can pull off fun, funky looks like that. You have taken all the scariness. Maintaining a record of all those dimensions. Thank you for writing this. Little white flowers with either yellow or blue centers. I notice you blocked after sewing together, I’ve always done before. Can’t wait to see how much more I like it…. I have the perfect buttons! Well it just makes a further mess. Some shade of white buttons. no flipping the sweater over to let it dry completely on both sides? Easy as that. If we knitters were more honest..a great many more projects would be finished and proudly displayed on Ravelry. My lace looks like pretty lace on the needles. do. It shouldn’t need that.” So many people talk of blocking sorting out their stitches. My table is not big enough and I don’t have carpeting! Great post! I’m a believer, having seen the huge difference it makes. What might you recommend about your post that you Here is the unwritten rule: If you're going to wear something bulky on top -- like an oversized sweater -- stick to keeping a fitted bottom. Did you know that you block quilt tops (flimsies) before layering and quilting? Wet Blocking . I’m always afraid I’ll feel them or that I didn’t do enough and they’re going to unravel. I think the fabric looks better already. Turtleneck Soft Touch Ribbed Knit Sweater in Light Tan. That blocking won’t change the essential character of your knitting? Excellent post. Thank you for your tutorial. | Rakish Looking Craft, Blocking And Gauge Issues | The Knitting Theologian, Blocking- a little sweater | Yarn Harlot | Knit It Up, Kool-Aid Does What? Thank you for the tutorial! I learned some good tips from this post. I actually wish I had something freshly completed so I could just go block it right now! I didn’t refresh and as usual I’m late to the show. I have a friend who does really nice work, but she refuses to block. I would love to knit it for my new grandson. Horizontal knitting. You will have a good idea of how your whole project will respond to blocking (a possible big change in gauge after blocking, for example). Faht away dahlin. Julie in San Diego (with flowers), Wee little butterfly buttons would make my skirt fly up. And if other people see weird patterns, oh well. © Copyright 2020 Golden Peak Media. I could not agree more with every single word. I just finished a baby sweater, it came out well, but it was a bit wonky, especially the sleeves. Or blue or green. I just washed them and set them to dry just so and it seemed to do the job just fine. If it still a little baggy, simply repeat the washing and drying process but set your washing machine to a hot wash. This is one of those minor details that is very good to know ahead of time. My very first wool sweater is not quite done. I’m late reading this entry and all the comments. Make them reveal as many of their filthy lies as you can – before they sucker-punch you after the fact. They look so much better. Beautiful sweater – such a bright, cheery bit of spring. a new reader. I am cursed with v loose tension so often have to go down a few needle sizes and even when I wash my swatches, they don’t always tell the truth. Cookie Statement Terms & Conditions. Your garment was knit too loosely. Step 6: I make sure it’s all lined up. Always. I had the same question.. thanks for clarifying. I would definitely block and not too gently. Step one: Bathtime. Well, the cynic in me says if they know wool they won’t be surprised, and if they don’t know wool they either won’t wash it or they’ll felt it, which is a different problem altogether. xx Thank you xx. I see so much over blocked, stretched and distorted fabric. Diy Clothing Sewing Clothes Recycled Clothing Recycled Fashion Refashioned Clothing Clothes Patterns Fashion Fabric Diy Fashion Big Cardigan. Steph is right you know…bad gauge! Tips for blocking tube shaped lace? I’ve been knitting steadily for 10+ years and was blocking before, but this post changes everything. Blue for the sweater and YES you MUST block. Springy green colour for the buttons. Now try the sweater to see if it’s fitting. I vote for celadon green buttons. What I really mean is, it’s too small. ‘Fart about’ means mess about. Apr 12, 2019. I’d also like to know how to handle super wash in garments other than socks! For a simple stockinette sweater, it may be sufficient to simply pat it into shape, with approximately the right body and sleeve width / length. In this case-To Fart with=To mess with . Hey, I have that doll! Great tutorial! It’s cashsoft (or something similar) after all…. I would look for pale yellow buttons. Nothing like a good show and tell to make a point. She’ll look darling in it. My mother’s knitting was (is) really beautiful as was my mother in law’s and my neighbour’s. In the sea of green… | Knitting & Quinces, I love my new sweater Mommy! The sweater is beautiful. Our wide selection is elegible for free shipping and free returns. Several People: I don’t block because it often makes things worse, if by worse you understand that I turned a sweater into a dress with blocking or my hat turned into a hood. I really love it when you do these tutorials with pictures. If you have a sweater or garment that gets way, way bigger after you blocked it (and it’s not superwash, which can be unpredictable)  then you had a sneaky gauge problem. Blocking can smooth out stitches, but it won’t magically fix uneven tension. Also doubles as pj's of course. just made some days in the past? That’s one that’s slightly less troublesome than an assertive yarn. It’s perfect. Wrong! With lace I use a bit of conditioner in the final rinse. I appreciate your time and effort spent to educate, inform, and of course, amuse us, your devoted readers. Try a different method (e.g., if you’re a continental knitter, try English or combination knitting) or use two different size knitting needles (e.g., work knit rows with a size 5 needle and work purl rows with a size 4 needle) to fix this problem. Thanks for a great post! hide. ), Four important things about blocking that are totally true. You can also see how the fabric will look after being knitted up with your chosen yarn and needles. Light blue buttons to bring out that part of the colorway. (My button vote is for teeny little wooden button, to make the cardigan look like a springtime woodland.). thank you Stephanie…. Ah, blocking…my nemesis. Tomorrow I will block the little sweater I have waiting for a baby to give it to. Lovely, just lovely. I am going to try soaking longer and see if that helps me out a bit. Just be careful about how far you infalte the balloon so as to be sure not to stretch the rib / edge. I block the pieces before I seam too, but never thought to block as I go to check for size – good tip. One thing I noticed is that you weave in the ends before you do the wash. I’ve had issues with puckering when I do that so I put off weaving in the ends until later. For a lot of stuff, washing and laying things out nicely is all the blocking they need. Or possibly a greeny-blue if you have them. Really put it together for me in a clearer way than I’ve heard it all before. For some reason, they don’t always believe me, but they always believe the Yarn Harlot!!!!! Note: Acrylic (and nylon and polyester) yarn shouldn’t be routinely steam blocked – it’s heat sensitive, and can create permanent changes in the yarn. It’s possible to get … If they are going to be worn with darker leggings, then a moderate inbetween colour of leggings and cardigan. I’m slowly figuring it out, and definitely blocking more than I used to, but would love more awesomely helpful posts like this. I definitely think either a teal or a light blue button would be good. Thank you for the link to the informative post on rowing out. Knitted things drying all over the bedroom. Great job and beautiful. I was super excited to see you knitting this sweater, and then tickled pink to find out how you blocked it. Same reason, to square everything up and make it easier to work with. It really should not require it. Oh, and for hers I used little blingy buttons… But I also knit hers a beautiful crimson red. I think purple buttons would be nice – like crocuses popping up amongst the early greenery. Big changes in size. We fart around with a lot of stuff too. Thanks! I’ve now got a moss stitch cowl I knit for my Mum soaking in the sink. This makes it much easier to match up the rows perfectly and avoid dealing with the curling edge of stockinette. Very persuasive tutorial–the finished sweater clearly looks much better! Save: 25 % off. Last week I just finished my first project in real wool – and blocked it, on your previous advice – and was so thrilled to see how it transformed! . Blocking knits makes for a smoother fabric and easier seaming. Getting gauge but not the right fabric. Is there any way you can share a link to this adorable sweater pattern? Without investing too much extra money, you can certainly use pins on a towel on your bed. I just received an autographed copy of your book from my daughter. Shrinking Sections of a Sweater Prepare a basin of water. What colour do you think? However, I don’t think the problem is solely sloppy purling because items I knit in the round grow as much or more as those knit flat. Usually with stockinette lace shawls the first two or three stitches on either side are garter stitch. Blocking your test swatch is highly recommended. In fact I put it to an elderly relative and her words? Blocking is a hot-button topic, and you make it so friendly and accessible. The bath has smoothed and evened the stitches, helped the yarn settle in to its new shapes, and finished the wool. “Oh, no if you need to do that then there is something wrong with it. when you have no experience, and you want help from your mother, don’t pick a time when the household is in full swing with other things. Blocking knits is the final step in knitting a project—a step overlooked by many knitters. Remember true thing #2 above? It’s still in pieces because, since it was my first sweater with sleeves, I haven’t the heart to tear it out. How many times do I have to point out that baby knits with buttons are a CHOKING HAZARD?? British English expression that means to muck about with or mess with. I’ve been using my son’s empty bed while he’s away at college, but he’ll be home in a month and I’ll have to find another cat-proof place. 2.5k. Stretch your items out and pin them to the correct dimensions on a blocking board or other colorfast, absorbent surface. Buttons – depends what is likely to be worn on the other half? It’s like the difference between home-made and hand-crafted. I just wanted to leave a marker here to let you know that I used this excellent post as my how-to manual for my first major project, and it worked like a charm! I am in shock and awe. I hope we get some in action shots, if the parents are amenable. Great post, btw – I am a blocking believer (especially of the swatch) but nice to see the change. Not that I’m bitter or anything. She was the tall redhead in the pink raincoat. If a piece is too small, it can be stretched during blocking. Any positive? Lace is the most dramatic example of what blocking can do. I’d struggled to understand how blocking as a whole garment could work – Voila you have shown the light and I am happy. I tossed the sweater on top and walked away. 361. It makes it slippery so it blocks like there’s a bit of silk in there, slips right out into an open position with less tugging. I took it off the needles, wove in the ends, tidied things up and placed it on the table, letting it be what it wants to be. Try your sweater on for size once it is dry. (I know that link is sort of old school, but it’s still pretty awesome. You should look at her doilies.). I wait for things to sink of their own accord, and that usually tells me that they’re good and wet. I’ll admit I was riding the “If it’s a small project or it fits perfectly now it won’t need blocking” bandwagon. My entire world has been turned upside down. The most important finishing step is wet-blocking the sweater to set the lace and relax the fabric into shape. I would be interested to read a tiny bit more….namely, blocking hats. Hope you know how much your archives come in handy for everyone. But would you speak sometimes about choosing buttons for baby clothes (no choking). I’ll try them out on my next project. Fill your basin with lukewarm or cool water (not hot) and the proper amount of wool wash, as described on the bottle. Balloons are much less fragile than they look. Lace needs to be stretched in order to see the open work and details. My knitting looks pretty good.
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