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ad2knit
04-18-2013, 03:19 AM
Whoever it was that said i was probably knitting too tight - you can say I told you so lol!


Since figuring out that was probably the problem I can say i have not had any problems...well sort of.. the index fingers still hurt somewhat, but not as bad as they were hurting before. Before they were tingly hurt, but now they are like a mild, doesn't bother me so much hurt, although after this morning that might change lol! I've just sat in bed knitting for like, 45 mins without realising it! I'm going to pay for that later i bet oopsy.

I've also noticed that knitting looser the squares are a bit bigger than my last lot I knitted tighter. Now here comes the question? I wonder if i should block the last lot of squares, if that would help? But i planned to block the blanket anyway after knitting it - thats another question - do I even need to block the blanket?

Total Squares knitted: 8 white, 4 yellow...and have the lilac and mint to knit after!

salmonmac
04-18-2013, 05:36 AM
Yes, knitting more loosely is going to give you larger squares. Ordinarily you could compensate for that by knitting fewer sts and rows or by going to a smaller needle. If the squares are only a bit different and you're using wool, you can block them all to size. I'd definitely block the squares and then for good measure, block the blanket too.
It's so hard to stop once you start knitting isn't it? I think we all understand that. You're right to take it slowly though, since things are feeling pretty good so far. I hope we get to see a photo of the finished blanket. Sounds lovely.

ad2knit
04-18-2013, 06:37 AM
Yes, knitting more loosely is going to give you larger squares. Ordinarily you could compensate for that by knitting fewer sts and rows or by going to a smaller needle. If the squares are only a bit different and you're using wool, you can block them all to size. I'd definitely block the squares and then for good measure, block the blanket too.
It's so hard to stop once you start knitting isn't it? I think we all understand that. You're right to take it slowly though, since things are feeling pretty good so far. I hope we get to see a photo of the finished blanket. Sounds lovely.

Thanks salmonmac. :-) yeh im using this baby aran yarn - http://www.deramores.com/robin-bonny-babe-aran-100g not sure if it makes much difference in blocking the squares? And should I block ALL the squares then or just the ones ive done in the white?

salmonmac
04-18-2013, 07:35 AM
Mmm, lovely colors.
This yarn is 100% acrylic so it won't block the way wool (from sheep) would. Still, you could wash the squares in a mesh bag and dry them according to the label directions, seam them and wash the blanket again as a whole.
This method seems pretty conservative and may work well for your squares.
http://a-modicum-of-ingenuity.blogspot.com/2012/03/tutorial-blocking-acrylic-yarn.html

ad2knit
04-18-2013, 08:11 AM
Mmm, lovely colors.
This yarn is 100% acrylic so it won't block the way wool (from sheep) would. Still, you could wash the squares in a mesh bag and dry them according to the label directions, seam them and wash the blanket again as a whole.
This method seems pretty conservative and may work well for your squares.
http://a-modicum-of-ingenuity.blogspot.com/2012/03/tutorial-blocking-acrylic-yarn.html

Ok so i'm confused now LOL! Should I seam and wash then block the blanket? Or do i follow the instructions from the link above? I must say that link is helpful so thanks! But now i have to make a blocking board?

Antares
04-18-2013, 09:28 AM
Ok so i'm confused now LOL! Should I seam and wash then block the blanket? Or do i follow the instructions from the link above? I must say that link is helpful so thanks! But now i have to make a blocking board?

I believe she meant that you should wash/block the squares, seam the blanket, and then wash/block the blanket. Then she gave you an alternative method (I think) via the link. So do either or.

And no, you don't need to make blocking boards. I often block large objects on an unused bed--with lots of towels under it to keep the bedding dry and a fan going to keep the air circulating. As long as it's not a waterbed, you can pin the blocks out. :teehee:

ad2knit
04-18-2013, 09:37 AM
I believe she meant that you should wash/block the squares, seam the blanket, and then wash/block the blanket. Then she gave you an alternative method (I think) via the link. So do either or.

And no, you don't need to make blocking boards. I often block large objects on an unused bed--with lots of towels under it to keep the bedding dry and a fan going to keep the air circulating. As long as it's not a waterbed, you can pin the blocks out. :teehee:

Hmmm wonder if I should block the white squares this weekend and see what its like before I do the rest....

GrumpyGramma
04-18-2013, 11:43 AM
I don't want to be a wet blanket here, but IME with acrylic yarns, you can try blocking them and make them lay flat but when you wash and dry your squares they will go back to what they were originally. I've not used much wool yarn, only for socks, but I understand that wool blocks to size and shape; acrylic ends up doing what acrylic wants to do. If there is a significant size difference in the blocks you might try working a row of crochet around the smaller ones or do as salmonmac suggests and use a smaller needle or fewer stitches to match the size now that you're knitting looser. My opinion FWIW.

I'm glad you're hands aren't screaming at you!

Jan in CA
04-18-2013, 11:53 AM
When you make squares (or anything) that will be seamed blocking to get them laying flat is a good idea and makes seaming easier. With acrylic a gentle wash after may be all you need.

In this case a blocking board would be handy to make squares a certain size. Acrylic won't stretch as much as wool, but maybe enough to make them a bit closer and easier to seam. Whether it'll be permanent I don't know, but when it's seamed it won't matter. I agree a row of crochet around the smaller ones would be a great idea, too.

I'm glad knitting looser is helping!!:cheering:

ad2knit
04-18-2013, 01:32 PM
When you make squares (or anything) that will be seamed blocking to get them laying flat is a good idea and makes seaming easier. With acrylic a gentle wash after may be all you need.

In this case a blocking board would be handy to make squares a certain size. Acrylic won't stretch as much as wool, but maybe enough to make them a bit closer and easier to seam. Whether it'll be permanent I don't know, but when it's seamed it won't matter. I agree a row of crochet around the smaller ones would be a great idea, too.

I'm glad knitting looser is helping!!:cheering:

But...i planned on doing a border after i seamed the whole thing. Aw now i dont know what to do.....:-(

Edited to add: Im going to take a pic of each of the squares (one white compare with the yellow) and show you

Jan in CA
04-18-2013, 02:27 PM
A border on the small ones in the same color won't detract from the border on the edge. However, try blocking them first. If they are close enough to the same size then you don't need to worry about it.

ad2knit
04-18-2013, 02:59 PM
Ok...here goes....two pics of the squares. I put one square on top of other in one pic so you could see the difference...if you can't see it in the one of them next to each other

http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss342/mikasmum_09/knit%20pics/SDC11063.jpg (http://s590.photobucket.com/user/mikasmum_09/media/knit%20pics/SDC11063.jpg.html)

http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss342/mikasmum_09/knit%20pics/SDC11061.jpg (http://s590.photobucket.com/user/mikasmum_09/media/knit%20pics/SDC11061.jpg.html)

What do you all think? i did wonder one thing - I've not seamed the ends...so i could try and unravel them all and start again..but that would be time consuming.....

Antares
04-18-2013, 03:26 PM
I'd wash/block both squares first and try to squish (or pull) them into shape. After all, washing and blocking that small of an object won't take long and what do you have to lose? Then if that doesn't work, reknitting might be the way to go.

Be sure to let both squares dry completely, though, and see how well they keep their shape.

You know, it's always great to ask questions, but you can try some of this stuff out on your own, too. Different yarns behave differently and you won't know the end result (and whether you're happy with it) unless you try it. Go for it!

Jan in CA
04-18-2013, 03:51 PM
They may not be different enough to worry about. I think because knitting is stretchy it won't be noticeable once they are seamed. Blocking to test is a good idea though.

Becky Morgan
04-19-2013, 03:55 PM
Odds are they'll be OK like that. Garter stitch is pretty forgiving. I don't think there's enough difference to be worth putting a row of single crochet around the small ones.
Try putting a couple together and see whether you mind the difference; if you do, you can always re-knit the small ones, and if you don't see enough difference to be a problem, you have part of the seaming done!:)