What really intimidated me about lace knitting was the blocking. The soaking the garment, the stretching it out, the pinning it down evenly. I felt sure I would mess up somehow, that I would stretch the item beyond recognition, that it would just be too HARD.
Boy, was I wrong.
This weekend, during my Amazing Day of Knitting Productiveness, I finally bit the bullet and pin blocked the two lace items.
Quite a difference, wouldn’t you say? Here are the pattern details:
Pattern: Forest Canopy Shawl by Susan Lawrence (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarter in colorway “Wild Mushroom” on size 7 needles.
Started Knitting: July 10, 2007. Finished Knitting: July 17, 2007. Blocked: September 13, 2009.
Did you catch that? It took me a week to knit this scarf. And it took me TWO YEARS to block it. Sheesh.
I am absolutely amazed at what a difference the blocking made in this scarf. The lace pattern opened up beautifully, showing off the beautiful leaf motif. I followed the pattern exactly, right down to the number of repeats, which kept the finished product more like a scarf rather than a shawl (to me, a shawl implies a lot of coverage of your back and shoulders).
This is an excellent pattern for new lace knitters – Susan Lawrence walks through every portion of the process with step-by-step explanation. I think when I make another one, I’ll use thicker yarn and make it much larger, for added warmth. But all in all, this was a great pattern.
Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn in “Beach Glass” on size 6 needles.
Started Knitting: June 21, 2009. Finished Knitting: July 24, 2009 (I think). Blocked: September 13, 2009.
Oh, wow, this is a gorgeous pattern. You can’t see it in these pictures, but with the way you increase the stitches, it leads to a very gentle curve at the upper tips of the triangle. Again, this is a scarf size, and I defnitely, definitely, definitely want to make a larger version. Can I say defnitely again? Defnitely.
Now to get back to my sweater knitting. October will be here before you know it, and I want to wear a handknit sweater if it kills me!
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- A Note About Pin-Blocking | Almost Crafty | September 21, 2009