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snowangel 12-01-2006 06:07 PM

blocking acrylic

I am a sort or newbie-
I have never blocked anything but I am making a scarf that I think needs it. I am using a thicker acrylic yarn that is very soft. I am using an eyelet pattern and I didn't think about how it might curl. It's not terrible though and I think blocking might help but I wasn't sure if blocking works on acrylic.

This may be a dumb question but I thought I would ask before I finished the scarf. If it is going to stay curly I will probably take it all out.


knitqueen 12-01-2006 06:12 PM

With acrylic, you never know. It does not generally block very well. You might be able to block it to the shape that you want, but the chances of it staying that way aren't great. It has a strong tendency to just spring back to its original state.

suzeeq 12-01-2006 06:14 PM

Acrylic doesn't block like wool. If your pattern is mostly stockinette stitch (knit a row, purl a row) with the eyelets in it, that's your problem. Stockinette curls and it's not a big problem with sweaters because you sew the edges together. But in a scarf or wrap, the pattern needs to include garter stitch or seed stitch on the edges to keep them flat.

There's a FAQ at the top of the How To section that discusses this.


snowangel 12-01-2006 06:24 PM


I think I will rip it out and try again. :doh:


suzeeq 12-01-2006 06:32 PM

Think of it as part of your learning experience.... :teehee:


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