View Full Version : Will Paton's Shetland Chunky Cardi Look Good After Blocking???

07-21-2008, 04:13 PM
I just finished my first top down cardi, it was super to have it all done without any finishing needed. It's the Sunkist Cardi (http://throughtheloops.typepad.com/Sunkist.pdf)

I WAS making it for myself but it turned out small so I decided to send it to some of our church missionaries in Kiev, Russia, for whom our church is knitting stuff anyway. Someone smaller or a teen might like it.

I used Patons Shetland Chunky which I got on clearance at Michael's for $2/ea. :woot: which made this about $6. :woohoo: I love a deal! You can't really tell but it's a really nice chartreuse color.

So I've never blocked this yarn and I wonder if the curling will diminish and I'm toying with adding some vertical ribbing for buttonholes instead of leaving it open. Not sure. Any ideas on how to finish this would be appreciated. I'm afraid to go the ribbing route because I wouldn't know what to do when it comes to the curve (where markers are), I'm sure just picking up stitches and making the ribbing wouldn't be enough.


07-21-2008, 05:38 PM
I would think that blocking would flatten out that curling at least a little bit. But adding a few rows of ribbing would definitely do the trick. As for the curves, one of the best things about ribbing is that it handles curves so well, stretching and contracting where it needs. Give it a try. And if you don't like it, you can always take it out!

07-21-2008, 05:58 PM
I think adding ribbing would look great! And it would definitely take care of the rolling edges. I don't think in this yarn (isn't it 75% acrylic, 25% wool? I have some in my stash :) ) that blocking would be enough to control the rolling. Acrylic doesn't block well in my experience~ I made a cardigan and blocking seemed to help at first, then it just popped right back :shrug: maybe its just me, but I'd go for the ribbing.

BTW, the sweater looks really good!

07-21-2008, 06:09 PM
I made my son a sweater with Shetland Chunky, and it washes and dries beautifully in the machine. I agree that blocking won't 'stick,' but if you add some ribbing for buttons on the front it will work out great.