Sweater Blocking

I finished off the back of my CustomFit KAL Summer Sweater much faster than I thought I would — I was thinking about the number of rows I had to knit after I bound off for the neckline on the front.

DSCN3639As you can see there a good number of rows – but I was spacing out the fact that on the back of a sweater there are very few rows between neck bind off and end of shoulder seem!  So I finished it off about midnight and decided – what the heck, lets get it socking and pull out the blocking boards so I can let it dry overnight with the fans on it.

 

But this morning it’s all dry and ready to go.  I need to sew the shoulder seams so I can start on the cowl neck.  Since this is a mashup of a CustomFit pattern and a commercial one, I need to see what the commercial pattern says about the neckline — it’s a cowl neck and I think with my yarn I will need to increase needle size as I knit the length on the cowl so it gets more drapey.

 

The lace pattern up  the front from the Erin pattern really blocked out nicely.

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After setting this one to block last night I did do a few ore rows on my ESK 3rd Quarter challenge project – the Autumn Leaves Stole.  The beauty of this one will really be seen when it’s blocked and it’s so easy.

 

Here it is just laying there – interesting texture but can’t tell much

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But when I pin out a portion of it the way it will looked blocked – you can see the elongated leaves.  I’m going to love this one and the yarn color is just perfect for it.

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But enough dillydallying – more coffee and then to finish off the laundry and get to the rest of my cleaning of this very messy place.  Major cleaning needed and then I can mess it all up again the rest of the time I’m on vacation.

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5 comments on “Sweater Blocking

  1. Thanks for a great blog! I’m mainly a quilter but am enjoying following your knitting posts. I just finished knitting & blocking a sweater, the first I’ve made in many years. Can you recommend a good source for information on sewing hand knits together? The information I’ve found online only addresses the basics, not easing sleeves and such. Thanks.

    • I highly recommend the Seaming Handknits with Chris Bylsma Craftsy Class. It goes on sale for $10 off the original price quite frequently but it was worth every penny and last time it was 2 a.m. when I had forgotten how to join a certain type of shoulder seam and all I had to do was pop the class up on the computer, go to that particular type of seam and stitch along with the video.

      • Thanks so much! I just registered for the class. I had received a discount email from Craftsy this morning.

      • Perfect timing! My favorite part of the class is the shoulder seams – the way she shows to stitch them and then pull both ends of the yarn and they all line up. Magic! LOL

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