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Crycket 06-05-2008 06:27 PM

Blocking Acrylic Pleats
Hello again!

I am going to have to block this project eventually...

I was just wondering what you think the best way to do pleats is?

We have been chatting about this in the acrylic blocking posts aswell...but I thought I would catch your attention here too! ;)

Any suggestions to make the skirt flowy and crisp?

Jan in CA 06-05-2008 06:41 PM

Seriously I kind of doubt that it will hold pleats. You could try it on a swatch though.

mwhite 06-05-2008 08:12 PM

It appears from the pattern picture that the inversion of the pleats is actually done in purl. If so then the natural characteristic of the ribbing effect created with knitting say 8-10 sts then purling 2-4 will make it look pleated.

If you're doing true pleats with one thickness over another and the 3rd thickness toward the next pleat like in sewing, your knitted piece will be extremely thick and not likely to stay crisp except at the point they are stayed with a band or seam.

Another option is to use a liquid starch, mixing with water... for a light starching - 1 cup starch to 4 cups water and a medium starching - 2 cups water to 5 cups water. However, using starch, you'll have to do this each time you wash the acrylic or blend.

And another option is to permanently tack the pleat fold vertically from top to bottom after the skirt is complete. Use an embroidery thread and literally do a running stitch, making sure you aren't pulling too tight and be careful not to run the stitch to loose.

Pleated skirts are a classic style and I don't blame you for wanting them for uniforms. Done correctly and with lots of patience they'll be great.

Crycket 06-05-2008 10:56 PM

Yeah....the pattern starts on the hem, and works a k12, p6..and then slowly decreases into the top til there is no more pleat. So I is not a proper is an imitation pleat!


Jan in CA 06-05-2008 11:45 PM

Oh I see! Since part of it is done with pattern it should help a lot!

mwhite 06-05-2008 11:52 PM

It's a very nice looking skirt and I imagine the designer took the blocking into account when choosing the yarn. The alpaca should block out and pretty much stay blocked. However, the acrylic will block as well with steam only- NO IRONING (ironing will either melt the acrylic or make it super soft and limp) or by soaking, towel drying and possibly pinning into shape, then letting air dry. It might have to be reblocked to remain crisp each time but overall, the ribbing will keep the pleat.

Crycket 06-06-2008 12:18 AM

I fell in love with this skirt. It was actually for my want of a proper grey kilt (from Harry potter) that lead me to it. I have seen plenty of kilts here....but not what I was looking for. And our Catholic school scene is going slowly to pants rather than skirts, so finding a proper "school kilt" in a certain colour here can be a little tricky.

Either way, I found this...and hopefully will suit its purpose. It looks nice on the needles....we will see how it looks on....*smiles*

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