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Monday, June 20, 2005

Flower Basket Shawl Blocking

Here is a comparison of the Flower Basket Shawl (close up) before and after blocking:

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This is a photo of the whole shawl pinned out. I have my handy Zonta wires threaded through the top edge. I pinned them into place and pinned out the points on the shawl. It is blocked pretty hard, tight as a drum is what Rich said when he felt it.

Just for kicks, I'll post a couple more pictures of work in progress. Here is the back of Dominic's Zig Zag sweater:

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And this is Amira's dress back.

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I will thread black ribbon through the eyelets and make a black bolero to match. I am really enjoying knitting with this yarn. This is a surprise because I normally loathe cotton on my hands. Perhaps because it isn't so heavy, it is sport weight, it is easier to work with than most.

When I return from Black Sheep, I will post photos again.

So why do you block it? Just for photos, or does it serve a purpose?
In this case, it is to open up and show off the lace. If you look at the first shot, the lace was kind of bunched up and compressed. After you block the lace (wash, pin out and let dry), you can see the pattern and it makes it appear "lacy," the fabric becomes light and drapey. Until it is washed again, it will hold its shape.

In other garments, the blocking is used to even out the stitches and make the fabric lie flat. Stockinette stitch, for instance, which is what a plain knit sweater is made out of, has a tendency to roll in and up. This makes sloppy edges, and also makes it difficult to sew up. Blocking is also used to shape the garment to the dimensions required.
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