Innocently I asked S. if she had already blocked it. She looked at me with this big question mark in her eyes. After I blocked her shawl S. was very surprised about the difference this made to the work she was ready to dump. The lace patterning showed, the shape came out fabulous, stitches evened out and it had a beautiful drape. We were both happy that her gorgeous work didn't end up feeding the wood stove or in a waste basket.....
Now they live happily ever after ;-)
This series about blocking will help you to find the right method for the fiber you were using in your knitting and give your work a great finished look.
Advantages of Blocking:
- It sets the stitches and evens them out. A good way to fix little boo boo's.
- With edges unrolled and evened out, seaming will be much easier and pleasant.
- Lace and other pattern stitches will show better.
- The size of your piece can be adjusted to a certain extend.
- The drape or how the garment hangs will be much nicer.
- The color of hand-dyed yarn will look even more vibrant.