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blessedtosew
07-03-2009, 10:10 PM
I am making my first sweater, St. James, and am halfway through the body of it. I have an imperfect stitch here and there where it kind of pokes up or doesn’t lay exactly right. I am using Caron Simply Soft. Once I block this, do you think they will blend in better? I am a new knitter and am trying not to be too hard on myself, but I would like be able to wear it after all my effort. :knitting:

newamy
07-03-2009, 11:47 PM
With acrylic once you wash it the stitches should smooth out.

To make sure, if you knit a swatch (hope you did for a first sweater), was the swatch per the label instructions and see how it looks.

globaltraveler
07-04-2009, 06:55 AM
Happens all the time -- Elizabeth Zimmerman wrote that she refused to worry about it, since she observed that once the item was worn and washed, most stitches seem to work themselves out anyway.

There are things you can do about it (http://www.tkga.com/members/waytomasters3.pdf), but I don't think it's anything to worry about unless you really want to. :)

blessedtosew
07-04-2009, 10:35 AM
Thanks so much. These stitches I am referring to are a little bigger than the other ones.

suzeeq
07-04-2009, 10:56 AM
Everyone's knitting is a little uneven, even experienced knitters. Washing makes all the sts look better.

Jan in CA
07-04-2009, 11:16 AM
Acrylic doesn't block well, but washing and drying to help to even out stitches. It's very normal for there to be an imperfect stitch sometimes. Remember this is a hand knit sweater not a machine made sweater..you aren't a machine. :thumbsup:

imrachel
07-04-2009, 02:29 PM
You really don't want to block this in the traditional sense! If you do, and you use heat, you run the risk of "killing" the acrylic, if not outright melting it!

blessedtosew
07-04-2009, 04:15 PM
You really don't want to block this in the traditional sense! If you do, and you use heat, you run the risk of "killing" the acrylic, if not outright melting it!
I am just going to wet it and let it dry.

suzeeq
07-04-2009, 04:47 PM
It may do better if you machine wash and dry it; sometimes acrylics will stretch when wet, so they need the dryer to be put back into shape.

ArtLady1981
07-05-2009, 09:23 AM
I read that "single ply" yarns knit more unevenly than "plied" yarns.
And, my experience with single ply yarns seems to bear that out!
I seem to be attracted to single ply yarns for some reason!

I use a yarn needle to pluck the stitches into a better shape.
I'm one of those people.

Also, blocking the knitted garment pieces before seaming really really really helps correct uneven stitches. No matter what the fiber content. I will also block acrylic garment pieces for this very reason.

Everything always improves with blocking!

ArtLady1981
07-05-2009, 09:25 AM
Happens all the time -- Elizabeth Zimmerman wrote that she refused to worry about it, since she observed that once the item was worn and washed, most stitches seem to work themselves out anyway.

There are things you can do about it (http://www.tkga.com/members/waytomasters3.pdf), but I don't think it's anything to worry about unless you really want to. :)

Thanks for the incredible link, Zina! I've saved the pages and printed them, too! I love the article! You're the best!

globaltraveler
07-05-2009, 01:50 PM
I wish I could say that I don't have to go back and correct a few stitches here and there with the tip of a needle, sometimes even a row...but I can't! :)

That's a wonderful article, isn't it, AL? I find that people studying for the Master have some of the best tips. They really focus on the details!

Knitting_Guy
07-05-2009, 05:31 PM
It'll all come out in the wash. Stitches have a funny habit of evening themselves out in the wash. As already mentioned, you can't really block acrylics, so just wash it and let it dry. It should look just fine.