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calling all yarn hos

So, I have almost finished the lacy scarf of doom. Yes! I should add that I have gone for weeks without touching it, otherwise it would have been finished long ago rather than just before the nice Spring weather is due to kick in. But anyway, now I have to block it. But, as I have always knitted scarves and hats and small stuff, I've never blocked anything before. How on earth do I do it properly? Especially with a long scarf? Helpful suggestions gratefully received....


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Mar. 12th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)

As for blocking, of course we know I am useless at things such as knitting.
Mar. 12th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
http://forum.angelyarns.com/ seem very helpful, you could ask on there. I've only lurked there so far, but I may join soon. I'm knitting a cardigan which will apparently require blocking, it's not something I've ever done before either. I gather that it basically entails washing/damping the knitting, then pinning it to the shape you want it to be and letting it dry or steaming it with an iron. I've seen mention of ironing boards for small things, or layers of towels and blankets for bigger ones.

I want a photo too....
Mar. 13th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
I blocked the lacy scarf I made for Patrick's mum by dipping it in lukewarm water then pinning it to a big heavy bath towel and leaving it flat on a table. It worked perfectly and gained nearly a foot in length (which was good, because I was worried it was a bit short). Good luck!
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
Ooh, that doesn't sound too hard. How long did you leave it for - just until it was dry? And what sort of pins did you use - I worry that ordinary pins or needles would just go through the holes and wouldn't really fix it in place.
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I just left it until it was dry, although it was hard to resist the temptation to unpin it after a couple of hours to see whether it kept its shape. I used some pins with big plastic heads, although the scarf had a fairly solid 3-stitch garter stitch border, which was easy to pin into.

I wish I'd taken pictures now - it was a feather and fan pattern in lovely Noro Kureyon and P's mum loves it and keeps reporting back on all the people who comment on it. Yay lace knitting!
Mar. 13th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I have read that blocking lacy things like scarves can be tricky using just pins to pin it in place, because you have to use a million little pins all along the edge to keep the edge even.

I read a brilliant idea recently -- you thread a piece of thin, strong string, or even dental floss, through the border of each side of the scarf, leaving plenty dangling on either end, and then just tie each end of the string to a pin on the blocking board/towel/whatever you use, making sure the string is taut so it holds the edge straight. They make wires used specifically to block lacey scarves and it works the same way, but using the string must be much cheaper.
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Excellent idea! Although the threading bit sounds a bit tricky...
Mar. 13th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to find the link -- I think they just used a needle to thread it through all the lace holes on the edge.

This way you also avoid the "scallop edge" that comes from trying to do it with row upon row of pins.
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