Monday, June 20, 2005
Flower Basket Shawl Blocking
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:
And this is Amira's dress back.
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.
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.