the very satisfying process of blocking

Thursday, April 28, 2016
So you remember that time when I stressed myself out about knitting, couldn't sleep and nearly got my knitting confiscated off me by Mr Doh? You know, this time.

Such was my antipathy towards this project, I assumed it was doomed and it would possibly end up languishing in a cupboard until I had the strength to face it or frog it. But then something bizarre happened...I picked up my needles and my pattern, frogged the section I wasn't happy with and I started again.

Determined to finish it, I cast off 400+ stitches in picot bind off over two nights
Here it is artfully draped on a tree.

I thought I would share one of my favourite finishing processes with you, Blocking. It is magic. I apologise for forgetting to take a pre-blocking photo.

Step 1: send your newly finished knitwear off for a swim in cool water



Step two: after about 20 minutes (or when you suddenly remember it) take it out of the water and gently squeeze the water out. DO NOT WRING


Step 3: place the wet knitted item on a towel




Step 4: roll it up and persuade an assistance to kneel on it to get some more water out of it.



If you don't have an assistant you can of course do this step yourself

Step 5: Prepare your blocking mats i.e put them together and then remove small children and pets from them.




LAST BIT: and then pin away. You basically pull the shawl into the shape you want and make it stay in place with a pin. I start at the top edge. I would show you how to make a straight edge but this shawl doesn't have any.




More pinning (the image below shows at least one glaring error in my knitting)


Then leave it to dry. If you lift the mats very gently you can rest it against a wall thus saving everybody from stepping on pins and bleeding all over your beautiful new shawl.




 and in other knitting news, I knit my dog a sweater. He seems unimpressed.









4 comments:

  1. Oh no that is far too cute Rupert! Haha! That shawl is amazing work, are you keeping it? And the big question, is it destined for the Easter show next year, or will you knit something else???

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  2. Poor tormented dog.
    Right, the shawl...I have no idea what the long term plans is, it's not good enough for the Royal Easter Show.

    Despite all the difficulties I had I actually really enjoyed knitting it and I may actually knit another for next years show!

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  3. Hi, I am trying to do the Town Square shawl and on the main triangle and am at the beginning of Row 7. I don't understand what I am supposed to do with the first stitch that is skipped from below on Row 6. I get the short row symbol, but you skip a stitch and do the two stitches that cross over each other. What am I supposed to do with the stitch with no symbol?

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    1. Hi Missy,
      Its been a while since I knit this pattern so my memory is a little hazy but hopefully I will be able to help you.

      Because the section you are working on is a triangle, one stitch at the beginning of each row becomes dormant ( these stitches are needed later for Chart C) . You will work the live centre stitches until you have worked through chart A six times and are ready to move on to chart B. The dormant stitches stay, ignored, on the needle.

      If that's not what you mean and you have an extra stitch you may have made an error somewhere in the previous row. You can either work out where you made the mistake and correct it or fudge it.

      Hopefully that made sense if not please feel free to message me through Ravelry (i'm Loudoh) as you will be able to send me photos.

      Louise

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