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To block or not to block?

I mentioned a few posts ago that I’m not a big fan of the whole finishing process once the knitting is finished. So quite often I look at a finished item once the dreaded sewing up is done and I ask myself ‘can I get away without blocking this?’.

Now if I’m finishing on the absolute deadline for the item being finished, ie I have to give it to someone tomorrow then I clearly don’t ask that question. To be honest though, I don’t tend to panic knit anymore – I think that’s possibly a turning 40 thing. If I’m not going to finish it comfortably then I just stop and finish it or the next birthday or Christmas; my Mum and sister don’t change size and I always knit big for my niece.

So blocking… Generally if it looks right I don’t, because I don’t enjoy doing it. But anything with lace HAS to be blocked. And this last couple of weeks, as you know, I’ve been finishing off two items for my niece. She’s 8 in May and I rather sensibly thought ahead and took two projects with me on holiday in January. And both of them featured variants of the feather and fan stitch. There is no way I could get away without blocking them… This evening I finished sewing up the second one and bit the bullet. Here’s both, duly blocked. Please excuse the rubbish pictures. image

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Both are knit on 4mm needles. The multicolour one is Sirdar Summer Stripes shade 314, using pattern 9419. The pink one is Sirdar Calico, shade 730, using a pattern I found in a magazine insert but which is designed for Calico so is probably a Sirdar pattern.

4 thoughts on “To block or not to block?

  1. I am with you on blocking. More often than not, if I can skip it, I do. That and swatching are my least favorite parts of knitting. At the start, I just want to get going, and in the end, I just want to wear/use what I’ve created! I am starting to force myself to swatch, though. I’ve noticed hats in particular fit better if I know what my gauge is.

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