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janestarz
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janestarz
This project was part of a knit-a-long. Three Dutch women researched the fishermen's sweaters of Zeeland (NL) and their knitting patterns and published a book with their findings. Every town with a rich fishing tradition along the Zeeland coast has their own knitting patterns distinctive for their town.
The patterns were collected in a blanket (afghan) to show them off, and then they started a KAL. The pattern is in Dutch, but over 1300 people (mostly women) from all over the globe participated. The revenue from the pattern went mostly into publishing the book and in that way preserving the rich knitting history of fishermen's sweaters and their patterns.

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angeofleak
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angeofleak
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kate_mct
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kate_mct
I'm making a shawl for my seriously ill aunt. If I make it right and my yarn holds out, it'll be roughly 7.5 feet across the shoulders and I don't have a surface large enough to block it on, so does anyone have any suggestions on how I can block this monster once I get it done?

Thanks

Paige

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shadowwolf13
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shadowwolf13
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karalianne
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karalianne
I come bearing photos!

I started the Angel's Wings Shawl (Ravelry pattern link) on August 14, 2010. I finished knitting it last Sunday, February 27, 2011, and blocked it last night.

The plan was to knit a shawl for a woman at church who had just started treatment for cancer. Like most things, of course, it took a lot longer than I planned to get it finished. Partly because I am a project jumper and partly because I ran out of yarn partway through and had to get more ordered in special. To make it more difficult, the company (Online) has stopped the colourway, so I wasn't even sure if my LYS could order it in! Luckily, she was able to get more, and the ball she got was even the same dye lot! (I know that happens really rarely; I was impressed and excited.)

The shawl took just under two and a half balls of Online sock yarn, the Desert line, in colour 1227 (teal and brown). I love this yarn and have a ball of purple (1225) to make socks out of later. Some of the people on Ravelry don't like Online sock yarns, saying that it's too splitty, but I didn't find that at all. It was really fine to work with, and knit up amazingly.

I chose the colourway because I was making a shawl that looked like feathers, so I wanted it to look like birds. I think I chose well - and the way the colours pooled is just phenomenal!

Here's my Ravelry project page to see a few more pictures of it in progress and a few notes I wrote while working on it - but the full-size important photos (of it done and blocking) are below the cut!

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I have a couple of questions about giving this shawl. The yarn is superwash wool. I'm going to include a ball band with the shawl, but of course it says you can machine wash and dry, and I'm thinking that hand washing and laying flat to dry would be a better idea. What do you all suggest I say? Would it be better to not bother with the ball band in this case? I'm going to write up a short note to include as well, about the saga of knitting this shawl, so I can just give washing instructions in that. :D

I plan to give her the shawl tomorrow at church (that or give it to her husband to give her - sometimes she misses as she's still not 100%; she's done with chemo now, but of course there's now recovery from treatment). :P

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historychick49
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historychick49
On Saturday I finished knitting the Dreamy Shrug, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (in sapphire heather - gorgeous color!). Last night I very gently washed it in my sink, using lukewarm water and a bit of dish detergent, and spread it out on a towel to dry. Well, now it's all stretched out (I'm guessing from its weight when wet), especially the ribbing on the cuffs and back.

Is there any way that I can make this go back to its original size (which was nicely snug, not loose and hanging like it is now)? How do I prevent this from happening in the future?

(I should note that this is the first time I've knitted a clothing item, other than hats and scarves.)

Edit: Last night I basically did the same steps as described here. It's STILL a bit damp in places, so I haven't tried it on yet, but that seems to have done the trick - the ribbing is nice and stretchy again, and the shrug itself seems to be stretchy again as well.

Thanks for all your advice!

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karalianne
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karalianne
So I am working on the Angel's Wings Shawl (Ravelry link), using a lovely superwash wool (25% polyamide) by ONline, colourway DESERT. I'm only on row 11 of 113, so I've got a while to go before this is an issue, but I am wondering about blocking. I found kyano's info about the portable blocking sheets here, and I will hopefully be able to do something similar eventually.

My problem is that I don't actually have anywhere to do my blocking. If it's small enough to put on my bulletin board, I have no problem, but it's a small bulletin board and this shawl definitely won't fit.

We have the main floor of a house. Living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom. One bedroom is our office and there is nowhere to block in there (not even the floor). I don't think our dining table is large enough (though it is round), and my sewing machine is on it right now. We kinda need to be able to sleep in our bed, and the kitchen and living room floors are both out for obvious reasons. (Also, we have a cat and I would want to keep her away from the project while it's pinned.)

So what do you guys do? I asked my husband about it and he has agreed that once we have our own place I can have a blocking rack in the laundry room, so someday there will be no problem at all. In the meantime, I'm kind of stuck. He suggested I hang it by the straight edge, but I'm concerned that it would stretch out unevenly.

What are you guys' suggestions? Is it possible to block things like this in sections?

I know it's just a shawl, and as such I could probably get away without blocking it, but (1) it's a gift for a woman from church who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and (2) my next large project is going to be a sweater for my husband, and I'll need to block that for sure.

Thanks for any advice!

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amberica
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amberica
I just finished a top-down raglan for my husband, who wanted extra-long sleeves to go just a bit over his hands. I got a little paranoid when blocking though, because I felt like the sleeves seemed too short and I couldn't find my tape measure at the time when I was laying out the wet sweater. Ultimately, I ended up stretching the sleeves to be about an inch longer than necessary. Not terrible, but they look a little less cozy and a little more sloppy than I wanted.

I have not blocked a lot of large garments like this before, and I'm wondering if there's any way to re-shape the sleeves to be just a little shorter with wet-blocking or steam or something... If not, I don't mind ripping back and re-knitting the cuffs, but if there's an easier way to get them back into shape I'd prefer not to have to re-knit if possible!

Any suggestions?

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theplushiegirl
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theplushiegirl
Hey all, I've got a bit of a blocking quandary here, hoping you fine folks will have an answer or suggestions :)

I'm just about finished with the Aeolian shawl from Knitty here: I knit it using pure bamboo, and I'm unsure how to block it. I've used the wet-block method in the past with this same yarn, and was unimpressed with the results: it stretched waaaaaaay beyond what I was expecting.

My question is: if I pin it out, spritz it with water, and let it dry, will the lace points block correctly? I could just be fretting needlessly, but I'd like to know what your blocking methods are for plant fibers and the like, just to be reassured.

Thanks!

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mremre
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mremre
I am finishing up a baby blanket--it's pretty simple: just garter stitch. I used an acrylic yarn, since I wasn't sure if baby Maya would be allergic, and I wanted to make it easy for her mommy to wash.

Would it be a good idea to 'kill' the acrylic yarn with my iron? It's a blanket, so it doesn't need to keep any shape. Is there a reason NOT to block/kill this blanket?

::puzzled::

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charismitaine
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charismitaine
Hi there!

I've been lurking in this community since I started knitting (in October)--I've never posted but I've learned a lot just from reading everyone else's questions and answers, so thanks! :)

I'm posting now with my own newbie questions, so hopefully another shy person will benefit as well. I'm a self-taught knitter (I've been relying on You-Tube and trial and error) and I've run into a couple of things as I try different projects:

First, when knitting in the round and switching colors (for a stripe, so I was dropping the first color), I kept getting a hole, even when I tried to 'wrap' the first color over the second before making a stitch. How can I avoid this? I switched colors at my stitch marker for the beginning of the row--could that be part of the problem, or is it irrelevant?

Second, when knitting top down in the round and casting off, how to I make my cast-off seamless? I'm ending up with a gap between the point where my cast-off starts and stops--is there a method for casting off that's more ideal? I was using this method.

Third, I also have some general questions about circular needles--I haven't really used them, because while I got some I bought them before I'd been knitting very long, and they aren't in useful sizes/lengths for any project, apparently. I'm getting pretty handy with dpns, but I'm concerned that my knitting gets stretched on the needles--I had my first complete Project Fail when I tried to make Ysolda's Belle beret, and ended up with an enormous sack-like thing that was much too big, even though I'd put it one a couple of times while I was working on it and it seemed okay at first. And circulars would be more portable, too, so really I'm looking for advice on figuring these things out :) For some reason I become all thumbs when I pick them up!

Fourth (yes, I have a backlog of questions! because I had to work up to posting) I'd like to make a shawl for a friend of mine that's going through rough times. She's very allergic to wool, and while I'm not sure if she'd allergic to alpaca I'd like to play it safe and avoid animal fibers altogether. I'm considering bamboo, but I'd kind of like to attempt a fairly simple lace shawl--would bamboo still block well enough for lace? and does anyone have a recommendation for such a shawl?

Aaand that's all for now. Promise! Thanks everyone :)

PS You can find me on Ravelry as charismitaine as well!

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rosefox
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rosefox
Hi all,

I’ve just finished knitting Alison Jeppson Hyde's "Julia’s Shawl" (slightly modified) for my six-year-old niece. I wanted a sturdy, machine-washable yarn, knowing how much trouble she and this shawl are likely to get into, so I went with Plymouth Encore Worsted. My question is, what’s the best way to block it? I’m hesitant to block it on my bed because I don’t want a wet bed, and I don’t have another big flat surface handy (other than the hardwood floor, which resists pinning). I have no idea how this yarn would respond to ironing. If it’s going to be machine-washed anyway, does it really matter?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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thestarsgoblind
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thestarsgoblind
So I want to thank everyone for the advice the other day about binding off on my blanket! I decided to use a larger needle (I knit the blanket on 8s, bound off with a 10.5) using the k2tog bind off method, through the back loop. I had to be really conscious of not tightening the yarn but I think the bind off went really well.

Blanket is currently blocking. I didn't realize it was going to take up a huge chunk of my queen sized bed.

I'll post a picture of when I first put it down on the bed. I've rearranged it a lot since then. haha. I keep tweaking it. =)

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I have to say that I am usually proud of my finished projects (because I am one of those people who likes to start things but hates to finish,) but I think this one is the one that I am MOST proud of to date. I not only finished it in a timely manner (a little over a month from start to finish) but this is the first time I've bothered blocking something since I usually knit things like hats (I have a hat that I desperately need to block, too,) scarves, and socks. Haha. And plus, I think it looks amazing and really hope it's something my daughter will want to hang on to as she grows up.

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alienmom
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alienmom
i have a question. i'm sure this knowledgeable group can help me find an answer.

i'm making a 100% wool scarf (lion brand wool) for a teenage girl in her school colors. instead of fringe i am adding pom-poms at the ends. i plan to soak & block the scarf. do i soak the pom-poms too?

silly question, i know, but i never work with pom-poms and i'm sure this yarn will be a lot softer after it dries.

thanks for your input! =]

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