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I hate Veronika

I spent about three months on and off knitting my Veronika Cardigan, all the while picturing myself wearing it everywhere and being cozy, warm, and stylish.

When I was finished, I tried it on, all excited about my life-changing finished object, and nope, nope, nope! It was absolutely hideous on me. HIDEOUS! No one believed me, and when I tried it on for my knitting group at our holiday party, one of my favorite people said, “Yeah, it’s not good.” I love her.

So I gave it to my friend Edie, who’s also in my knitting group. She is taller and slimmer than I am, and it looked great on her. She hesitated to accept it, until I told her that I wanted it out of the house, and if she didn’t take it, I’d give it to someone else. She put it on and didn’t take it off.

Edie in Veronika
Beautiful Edie in her brand new sweater! 🙂

Now I don’t want you all to think I’m trashing the pattern, because I’m definitely not. It’s just terrible for my body. Because this was a knit-along, I’ve seen it on several people, and it looked great on them all. I do have to say, however, that it looks best on people who are taller, like 5′ 6″ or more. Although now that I think about it, my friend Terry is about my height, and her’s looks great. So . . . maybe it’s not for chubettes. Or just my brand of chubette, because it looks fine on the Ravelry folks.

Anyway, lesson learned: don’t go for oversized, boxy items!

Honestly, though, I was pretty upset. I had spent so much time knitting this beast, and I loved my yarn choice. I felt bad about my body, and I had a thought that I’d just knit accessories from now on, because sweaters in my size take FOREVER, and it’s such a crap-shoot on fit. At least for me it is.

But then I had a stern conversation with myself, and thought about the successful knits I’ve made, including another cardigan I just finished; blog to come after I take some decent pictures.

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A pile of Veronika

This Veronika process also helped me realize that I need to make better choices (in many things, but I’m talking about knitting here). Why on earth would I think an over-sized sweater would look good on me? I am already over-sized, and I need to flatter my shape, not expand it! Total fail on the pattern choice. I just loved the look of it on the model and in The Studio, where I saw a finished sample and joined the KAL. So, again, lesson learned.

My next sweater will be a well-thought-out project, with much consideration of how the sweater will look on me, not how it looks on other people, especially the model. Kris from The Studio is a master of fitting knits, so I’m going to be asking her for advice.

Leave a comment and give me your advice,and tell me about your fails. I need some company here!

Cheers,

1KCsig

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SeraCraft: An Indie Dyer and a Family Affair

Hand-dyed yarns always draw me in. There’s something so magical about them; the hard work and creativity of the dyer just shines through in each skein. I’m so lucky to be friends with one of the best indie dyers out there, Sarah from SeraCraft yarn. She and her family live on their 10-acre farm north of Spokane, Washington, and she’s in one of my knitting groups.

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From left: Sugar Rush, Rusted Twisty, Check Out My Watermelons

I love following Sarah on social media and seeing her gorgeous colorways pop up in my Facebook and Instagram feeds. Just stunningly beautiful yarn!

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Shark Week

The really neat thing about SeraCraft yarn is that Sarah’s kids help her dye and name the yarn. One of my recent favorites was called Shark Week, name courtesy of Sarah’s son, and the colors were cool blues and grays. It’s all sold out, but Sarah does dye to order!

Sarah has a degree in fashion design and merchandising, and she studied art in London and at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and you can see that expertise in her yarn. She puts colors together unexpectedly and beautifully, and her kids obviously inherited that artistic spirit, too.

Sarah started knitting in 2004, after seeing celebrities knitting, and remembering her grandmother knitting and cross-stitching. Because she lived in Florida when she started knitting, there weren’t a ton of knit shops around, so she got a copy of Stitch ‘n Bitch and taught herself. Sarah’s first project was a wonky scarf (sound familiar?), but she’d been bit by the knitting bug, and she never looked back!

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Sarah’s handknit socks for her daughter, Amelia. She used her Big Heart colorway with contrasting heels and toes from Hedgehog Fibers Genie.

When she moved to the Inland Northwest and discovered local yarn shops, she was introduced to beautiful yarn and talented teachers, and she really stretched her skills. Now Sarah test-knits for designers, as well as making gorgeous knitwear for her family and herself. And she’s one of the most prolific sock knitters I’ve ever met.

Sarah came across indie dyers in yarn shops, and saw their videos on YouTube. She was inspired and decided to give it a try. She got a book on the subject, ordered some plain yarn, and started in! After going through a box of 20 skeins of yarn in a weekend, she ordered some mini-skeins so she could try even more dying combinations, and a cottage industry was born.

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Grab bag mini-skein. Gorgeous grays!

Her favorite yarn bases are wool and wool-nylon blends, because they work well for her favorite projects, sweaters, shawls, and socks. Currently, the SeraCraft Etsy shop is stocked with fingering- and worsted-weight options. Sarah is considering a cashmere blend in worsted- and DK-weights, and bringing in a bulky base yarn for those quick-knits. Yes please!

Drawn to colors from nature, Sarah also enjoys mixing in the occasional bright or neon. Her kids have given her ideas, such as a collection based on fish, and her seven-year-old son, Liam, suggests colors and sketches ideas for her. He names seventy-five percent of her colorways! I just love that.

Amelia, Sarah’s darling daughter, is also interested in yarn, and she thinks there should be much more pink in the world. I agree!

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Liam and Amelia with some of their favorite colorways. Cutie-pies!

Sarah’s business is run out of her kitchen, but her husband plans to build her a studio in a garage on their property. I predict she’s going to need that extra room sooner than later—her business is bound to take off.

indie dyer SeraCraft
Aliens on the Moon

Sarah and her family truly live a handmade life. They raise chickens and ducks, have a big vegetable garden that provides canned goods all year, and they make soap every year, just to mention a few of her homesteading activities. They’re thinking about getting some pygmy goats, and I am first in line to hug them!

Sarah’s philosophy for SeraCraft is bringing joy to people through her yarn. Whether they admire it for a while in their stashes or cast on a project right away, Sarah’s goal is for all of her customers to be happy with their purchases. And judging from the reviews on SeraCraft, she’s achieving her goal!

I hope you’ll check out SeraCraft and support my friend’s small business. She’s offering 15% off through March 2018 (enter the code CRAFTERMATH) to all of my readers, so go crazy!

Cheers,

1KCsig

P.S. Who are your favorite indie dyers?

 

 

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Knitting + Sci-Fi = LOVE

knitting and sci-fiWho’s watching The Orville? Or Star Trek Discovery? I love The Orville so far. It’s half Trek, half Galaxy Quest. And yes, I’m going to angerly, yet eagerly, subscribe to CBS All-Access in order to watch Star Trek Discovery. (Smooth move, CBS, preying on Trekkies to sell your online streaming service. I could go on about this, but I’ll stop.)

I super-duper love sci-fi, especially Star Trek. I’ve watched all of the series multiple times, (except the original series; it’s my least favorite), and all of the movies. The Voyage Home, right?!? I even liked Insurrection. That’s dedication. Plus, I’ve read a bunch of the Star Trek books. Nerd-alert.

knitting and sci-fiIf you’re still with me, I need to talk about (the most recent) Battlestar Galactica, too. It was brilliant and wonderful, and I miss it. So say we all. I watched the original Battlestar Galactica, of course, when I was little. My brother, sister, and I just loved it, and our dad got us each a Cylon Raider and a Colonial Viper action-figure as stocking stuffers. We were way too old for those items, and way to excited to get them! I wish I still had those.

Where is this going, you may be asking. Well, I’ve noticed a love of sci-fi among knitters. The Ravelry Nerdy Knitters group is fun, and there have been patterns inspired by all sorts of sci-fi and fantasy TV shows and movies. Star Trek iPad cover, anyone?

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Knitted iPad covers: Picard, Worf, and Wesley. I heart these.

If anyone knows where to buy the patterns for these, let me know. I can’t find them on Ravelry. I followed a Pinterest link to neatorama.com, but that’s as far as I went.

Fantasy, although not my preferred genre, has been a big inspiration to designers, too. When I was at Interweave, we put out a collection of patterns based on costumes worn in Outlander, and it was really popular. And the shrug based on Katniss Everdeen’s costume in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is pretty cool. There are a lot of patterns out there for that shrug, but this one by Dahlia in Bloom is my favorite.

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Dahlia in Bloom’s PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap

I can’t leave out Star Wars, of course. My nephew loves all of the movies, and I gladly watch them with him whenever we’re together. He thinks I’m cool. Of course, I knit my way through them, so to me, knitting is related to Star Wars in that way, too.

I trace my love of sci-fi to Horton Hears a Who. I remember vividly the first time I ready that story, and how it affected me. Could there be a tiny planet on a speck of dust? Of course there could! I think often of the quote from the movie Contact, “The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us … seems like an awful waste of space.” There’s certainly room for a few Whoville residents!

If Horton Hears a Who ignited the sci-fi spark for me, A Wrinkle in Time lit the bonfire. I can’t wait for the movie version! I wonder if any knitting patterns will come out of it. Maybe I’ll write one.

Cheers,

 

 

P.S. What’s your favorite sci-fi book, TV series, or movie? Leave a comment so I can check it out, too!

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The Veronika Cardigan and 10 Ways to Use Markers

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The Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook

I’m currently working on Shannon Cook’s brilliant Veronika Cardigan knitting pattern. Seriously cool, people.

It’s knit in a giant T, and then certain sections are sewn together to make armholes. It’s a wrap that’s sorta ponchoesque, but open in front so it’s a cardi. Yeah. It’s its own, beautiful beast.

This pattern is all me. I love loose, long, cozy toppers, and my go-tos are getting a bit ragged. Before I knew about this pattern, I had just told Mimi that I needed a new wrap wardrobe!

That’s just one of the reasons I’m excited about knitting this cardigan. Here are a few more:

  • It’s something I know I’ll wear a ton.
  • I’m using yarn from my stash—Tahki Donegal Tweed in a gorgeous dark green.
  • The construction is unique and the design is clever.
  • It’s part of a knit-along at my friend Kris’s shop, Knit Knit: The Studio, and the group is full of my friends!

Here’s my progress so far:

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Veronika Cardigan: Making progress!

I can hear you all saying, “Cool, but what the hell are all of those markers for?” Well, the yarn is dark, and I couldn’t see my increases, so I placed a marker after each increase. I needed to have 15 total decreases, and counting the markers is WAY easier than finding and counting the decreases. Markers are magic, and I love them—so much so that I wrote a top-10 blog for Alpaca Direct, all about markers. Check it out, and add your favorite use!

But back to Veronika—what you see above is actually the front. Veronika has a shawl collar, and deep ribbing all around the bottom. The longer rows at left are the start of the back. When the back is completed, the ribbing picked up and knit at the bottom. To complete the cardigan, the back ribbing is sewn to the front ribbing, and voila! Here’s the schematic, which will help this make sense:

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Veronika schematic: The ribbing is attached at points A and G, on both sides, to make the armholes.

Pretty slick, right? I think so.

This is a lot of knitting, but the textured rib stitch gives it some interest, and with worsted-weight yarn, it’s knitting up relatively quickly.

If you’re looking for a cardi to wear all winter, Veronika is your project. I recommend it, along with a new bunch of markers!

Cheers,

 

P.S. What’s your favorite way to use markers? Leave a comment and share it with me!

 

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Kathleen’s Top 10 Reasons to Love Knitting

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The Galvanized Cardigan: A Finished Object! (That still needs to be blocked. Does that count as finished?)

I love knitting. Shocker, right?

When I was working at Interweave, I loved it, too, but it was so much a part of work, I didn’t look forward to it like I do now. I didn’t think about it at 3:30 p.m. the way I think each night about that first cup of coffee in the morning; I want to hurry up and sleep so I can have that delicious morning nectar.

Each night when Mimi and I sit down with our knitting—we call it “couching it”—I have a feeling of anticipation as I pick up my project. Where did I leave off? What’s next in the pattern? I hope I get to start on a knit row instead of a purl row! You know the feeling.

I once wrote a blog for Thanksgiving, about about why I’m thankful for my knitting, and I still feel that way today. Here are some of those reasons:

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The Vera Cardigan from Perfectly Feminine Knits by Lena Holme Samsoe. I just finished this for my mom. It’s so flattering, and she loves it.

1. It encourages my creativity.

2. It introduces me to new people who share my love for the craft.

3. It loves to travel.

4. It likes the same TV shows that I like.

5. It keeps the same schedule as I do; if I want to knit in the middle of the night, it’s there for me.

6. It challenges me.

I was out at Alpaca Direct the other day, and I was inspired by a list I saw on the blackboard that’s behind the front desk/cash register area. There was a list of reasons to knit, and I hadn’t heard of some of them, so I reinvented my list, including some of those ideas. Check out my new Top 10 Reasons to Love Knitting!

Yours in loving knitting,

1KCsig

P.S. Did I miss your favorite reason to knit? Leave a comment and share!

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The journey continues at Alpaca Direct!

Alpaca Direct local yarn shop in Hayden, Idaho
Alpaca Direct in Hayden, Idaho

Hello, All!

I wanted to let you know that I’ve taken a part-time job with Alpaca Direct as social media manager. Yahoo!

If you’re not familiar with Alpaca Direct, it’s an online yarn shop that also has a store front in Hayden, Idaho, about 15 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene. The store is darling—full of yarn and gorgeous samples, and it’s a homey, friendly atmosphere. I’m really excited to work with all of the wonderful people there.

Alpaca Direct doesn’t just sell alpaca yarn; you can get just about anything you need there, including all kinds of yarn, needles, crochet hooks, shawl pins, and ready-made alpaca socks!

If you haven’t checked out Alpaca Direct, please do. (I’ll still be writing here, but also blogging on the Alpaca Direct site.)

And here’s a little bit of spring on this snowy day:

Zauberball yarn in Floral Language
Zauberball in Floral Language

Get a ball of this gorgeous yarn and cast on some spring socks!

Cheers,

1KCsig

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Knitting patterns for speckled yarn

Brain Frieze knit cowl pattern by Susan Ashcroft
Brain Frieze by Susan Ashcroft

Speckled yarn is having a moment! I first saw it a few years ago in the form of acid yellow speckles on a cream base. I didn’t love it. But the more I see this type of yarn, the more it grows on me.

I was at Alpaca Direct a few days ago, and I saw a gorgeous project, Susan Ashcroft’s Brain Frieze Cowl. Alpaca Direct’s store manager Susan Melka knit this version from Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat and Tosh Merino Light. The Cheshire Cat is the speckled yarn (it’s the Dreadfully Frightened colorway from Halloween 2016, which is no longer available), and the “solid” is Tosh Light in the Filagree colorway, which is really a light green and yellow variegated. The two yarns work together beautifully in this pattern.

The trick to using speckled yarn in a multi-yarn project is choosing colors that complement each other. You need choose solids with enough contrast so that the speckle stands out, but not so much that it overpowers it.

Check out this beautiful project from my friend Carmen:

The Building Blocks knit shawl pattern by Stephen West. Photo copyright Carmen Wiley
Photo copyright Carmen Wiley

This project is Stephen West’s beautiful Building Blocks Knit Shawl. Carmen’s yarn choices are key to the success of this project; she picked two speckled yarns with similar colors and pulled out the blue and orange for her solid yarns. The transition from solid to speckled is perfect. Looking good, Carmen!

For more ideas, check out this post!

Have fun knitting with speckled yarn,

 

1KCsig

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Knitting Techniques: Corrugated Ribbing (with knitting videos!)

galvanized1So … I’ve been working on Amy Christoffers’ Galvanized Cardigan for over a year, and I’m beating myself up about it, because I’m knitting it as a gift, and I wanted to get it done sooner. #knittingguilt

I’m knitting this one for our family doctor; here’s the story. Several years ago, Mimi knitted this cardigan for a Project Diary on Knitting Daily (link at end of post), and it turned out not to fit her as well as she hoped, so she gave it to my mom, who wears it ALL THE TIME. In fact, she’s wearing it right now. No joke.

Anyway, Mom wore it to a doctor’s appointment, and our doc fell in love with it. She asked my mom where she got it, and when she heard that Mimi knit it, she asked if she could pay one of us to make it for her, in exactly the same yarn. My mom said she’d ask us, but we didn’t usually knit for other people.

When she asked me about it, though, I said I would love to knit it for Dr. Awesome (not her real name, ha ha). After everything she’s done for our family, it’s the least I can do. And Dr. A is the size a of a pea, so I thought I could get it done quickly. But, as you know, I didn’t.

I’m back to it now, though, and I will finish it in time for her to wear it before the weather warms up. #knittinggoals

This sweater is started from the bottom up and knit to the underarms. Then the sleeves are knit and attached to the body, and the yoke is knitted to finish up the body. The sweater is completed by knitting the neckband and buttonband. I’ve got the body and one sleeve done, and I’ve cast on the other sleeve.

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The Galvanized Cardigan in progress. If you look closely, you can see a mistake on the sleeve ribbing. I talk more about that in the video below below: it’s fixable!

The most challenging part of this sweater is the corrugated ribbing (I’ll bet you were wondering when I was going to get to that!). I filmed a video about knitting this technique in the round, and I’m working on one for knitting it flat. The flat corrugated ribbing is actually more challenging, and much less common, than working this technique in the round. Since corrugated ribbing is used all the time in colorwork on hems, cuffs, and hats, it’s usually knit in the round, as those things lend themselves to that method. And colorwork sweaters are usually steeked, so you can still knit the ribbing in the round.

Regardless of how you knit this ribbing, the trick is twisting the yarn not in use as you knit so you don’t have a hole between each color. It’s the same method that’s used in intarsia knitting; you pick up the new color from under the old color, which naturally twists the two colors in the process.

Amy’s directions for corrugated ribbing say, “When working corrugated rib, always strand the yarn not in use across the wrong side of the fabric , as for stranded colorwork. This will require passing the yarns front and back for the purl and knit stitches and simultaneously stranding the unused color.” Okaaaaaay …. I had to work hard to wrap my brain around this until I got the yarn in my hands.

This is k1, p1 knitting with two colors, but you have to work if as if you’re using one color, so the purling yarn has to be moved to the back after each purl stitch and the new yarn must be brought under the old yarn each time you knit, which secures the yarn. It’s a lot of bringing yarn back and forth, but once you get into the rhythm, it’s no big deal.

When knitting in the round, I found that holding the purl yarn in my left hand helped me automatically trap the yarn. Here’s how I did that, plus another cool tip about this knitting technique.

So that’s pretty easy. But for this pattern, you also have to knit corrugated ribbing flat, which is a bit more challenging. You have to take the purl yarn to the back when you’re working on the right side, and the knit yarn to the front when you’re working on the wrong side. WHAAAAAT?? I know. Here’s a video that might help:

I can’t wait to get the Galvanized Cardigan finished and deliver it to Dr. Awesome!

Cheers,

1KCsig

Links and Stuff

Galvanized Cardigan Project Diary

Galvanized Cardigan knitting pattern from the Interweave Store

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Blocking Knitting: Wires and Blocking Boards

I have another knit shawl shawl on the blocking boards, and I used blocking wires on this one, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I’d love to take credit for this beauty, but it’s actually Mimi’s work—isn’t she a great knitter? I did do the blocking, though, so I can brag about that!

Vittorio knit lace shawl by Corinna Ferguson
The Corrina shawl on the blocking board

This is the Vittorio Shawl by Corrina Ferguson, knit from Becoming Art Cielo fingering in the Carousel colorway. Gorgeous.

The shawl gets larger until the halfway point, and then smaller, decreased back to the original cast-on number, so it’s sort of a wedge shape. Mimi thought it was an easy knit, and the payoff sure is worth it, so this might be a great project for a beginning lace knitter. It’s definitely a wonderful way to use up some of that sock yarn we all have hanging around.

As you can see, I used blocking wires to help block this piece. I threaded the wires through each of the points on the border and then stretched it into shape on the board and secured it with pins. Blocking wires are really a godsend! It took me about five minutes to thread the wires through the points in the border, and then five more to secure the shawl to the blocking board. Seriously!

A finished object: Vittorio knit lace shawl by Corrina Ferguson
Here’s the finished shawl. Isn’t it pretty?

If I had used just pins, it would have taken me at least three times as long to pin it into shape, and I’d have had to repin as I went, because I always stretch lace projects more at the end than I do at the beginning, so I need to repin the first part to match the last part. Anyone else do this??

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Mimi wearing her new scarf. It looks great bunched up and worn loose. I love it!

I love how this turned out; I can’t wait to steal it from Mimi and wear it!

About those Blocking Boards

On my last post, someone asked me about my blocking mats, asking if she needed two sets. I do have two sets of blocking mats (link below), and I recommend getting two if you can swing it. Since they’re individual blocks, you can put them together any way you want to, which enables you to make your blocking board fit your project, and not the other way around.

So, if you’re blocking a sweater, you can build a square, and if you’re blocking a scarf, you can build a long rectangle. I love this flexibility.

Links and Stuff

Here are links to the items I talk about in this post. Some things are available at other stores, too.

Vittorio Shawl by Corrina Ferguson

Blocking Wires from Webs

Blocking Mats from KnitPicks

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Blocking Knitting: The Lori Shawl

It’s confirmed: blocking works magic. As you know, I was skeptical a simple soak and stretch could fix my mess of a garter-stitch scarf, but it did. The Lori Scarf by Carrie Bostick Hoge is a smooth, soft, beautiful finished object!

Blocking Knitting: The Lori Shawl gets a good soakBlocking knitting is easy, really. I filled my bathroom sink with lukewarm water and a little Soak wool wash, and put the scarf in. The important thing here is to get the piece totally submerged and completely wet. So I squeezed the scarf a few times to make sure it had absorbed the water, and let it soak for an hour or so.

Then I squeezed out as much water as I could, and “squeeze” is the operative word here. Do NOT wring out your knitting, ever. When the fiber is wet, it’s fragile, and you can really stretch it out of shape, or even damage it, if you wring it out.

What I like to do for this step is drain the water and let gravity do its work for awhile, and then gently squeeze the knitted piece until no more water runs from it.

Blocking Knitting: The Lori Shawl after it's soak
The Lori Shawl after squeezing the water out

In the case of this shawl, that did the trick because it’s such a light and relatively small item. If you’re working with a sweater, you’ll probably need to roll it in some clean, dry towels after you squeeze out the water. I do this for almost all of my sweaters, and it works great to absorb most of the excess water. You’ll have some wet towels to deal with, but we must suffer a tiny bit for the beauty of our knitted garments!

Now comes the fun part: The stretching and pinning. I use blocking boards that I got from KnitPicks (link below), which I love. They’re like those interlocking play mat squares that kids use on floors; in fact, I know many people who use those mats for blocking. Why not? (I have two sets of blocking mats, and they’re slightly different colors, so that explains the checkerboard effect in the photo below.)

Normally, and especially when I’m blocking sweaters, I check the measurements that I need the finished object to be and block the item to those measurements. This time, though, I wanted to see how big I could make this scarf, and since garter-stitch S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S, I knew I could make it pretty big. So I pinned the two right corners and used Knitter’s Pride’s awesome Knit Blockers (link below) to pin the larger end of the scarf in place so I wouldn’t pull it out of shape. Then I stretched that sucker out!

Blocking Knitting: The Lori Shawl on the blocking board
The Lori Shawl on the blocking board. That white piece of paper is the directions for the knit blocker pins, although they’re pretty self-explanatory!

It’s now about 52 inches long and 36 inches tall at the tallest point, and I think that’s the perfect size. I can wrap it loosely around my neck or bunch it all up.

Kathleen Cubley modeling the Lori Knit Shawl

Lori Knit Shawl modeled by Kathleen CubleyThe bunching option is what I’m going for today, since it’s 10 degrees out! And the cashmere (Habu Textiles N-86 Pure Cashmere) will keep me nice and cozy.

So that’s the scoop on this FINISHED OBJECT. I love it so much, and all my worry was for naught. Thanks to those of you who reassured me that blocking would indeed fix my problems—you were right!

If you have any blocking knitting tips, or if you block your knits differently than I do, leave a comment and share your wisdom.

Have a wonderful day, and stay warm.

Cheers,

1KCsig

Links to Cool Stuff

Knit Picks Blocking Mats

Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers

Madder: Anthology 2—Simple Pleasures by Carrie Bostick Hoge contains the Lori shawl pattern, plus gorgeous sweater and accessory knitting patterns.