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drumacat 09-23-2007 09:18 PM

can anyone tell me what "blocked" is?

Ingrid 09-23-2007 09:25 PM

Here is a great article on blocking.

mash 09-24-2007 10:59 PM

sorry, can i ask if it's necessary to block?

suzeeq 09-24-2007 11:40 PM

It may not be and it depends on the yarn fiber. Acrylics don't block, but a wash and dry evens out the stitches the way blocking does for wools. Since most of my knitting has been acrylic, I've never done it. I have a couple wooly scarves - one in entrelac, and one lacy that probably need it. Another reason to block is to get the size you need. I always knit the size I want, so don't have a problem. I also knit at a much looser gauge (on purpose, I don't like using anything smaller than 10s) which tends to make things stretchier than a denser knit.

mash 09-27-2007 10:26 PM

can cotton be blocked? i did a pair of booties and slightly smaller..wonder if i can block to size it a bit bigger?

if can,then which method of blocking is recommended?

mash 09-27-2007 10:35 PM

sorry, just realised that it's mentioned in the link provided that cotton can be blocked and steam-block is the method used by the author...

hmm...just wondering if blocking is a one time thing to do? after blocking, do i still need to wash it?

suzeeq 09-27-2007 10:52 PM

You wash, then block. With some wool sweaters, you sorta block them after every time you wash. Mostly by just patting them into shape and letting them dry flat.

mash 09-27-2007 10:54 PM

suzeeq, sorry for asking silly qn...when u mean wash then u mean i wash and dry before block for cotton?

really very confuse abt blocking :(

suzeeq 09-27-2007 10:57 PM

Blocking is done while the object is wet so it will stretch if you need to make it bigger. It dries while pinned into the dimension you make it. But for cotton booties, I think all you need to do is wet them and stretch a little larger, then let them dry.

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