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Old 06-13-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Blocking........Should You Make It a Size Smaller?
I just blocked my Oblique cardigan........and I'm DYING to share photos, but it still needs buttons!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, it's my first cardi and though I've blocked dog sweater before .....I noticed about a size difference (larger, even in sleeve length) after blocking, though I didn't even stretch the sleeves.

I'm happy with the final result, but...........is it a good idea to knit things one size smaller???????? After all that work you DON'T want to find out you should have made it larger or smaller.

I used Paton's Merino.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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I don't think so. Getting it wet might make it stretch out more, but you can pin it to size. There's no need to make stuff a size smaller or larger... if you find out it's a little small or larger you can block it to size! I'd say just knit the size you want and pin it to exact measurements.
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So I can REBLOCK to make it snugger on me????

HOW?
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Originally Posted by Arielluria View Post
So I can REBLOCK to make it snugger on me????

HOW?
Sort of. To a limited extent.
Lay it out on a couple of thick, dry towels.
Spray until very damp all over but not dripping.
Then begin using your palms to sort of pat and push together
the areas that are too big -- side seams, neckline, whatever.
You won't be able to reduce it by a whole lot without creating lumps and puckers, but you can probably narrow it down enough to refine the fit. Let it dry very thoroughly. A cool fan helps.
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How about if you use warm water? On 100% wool.

I'm not going to do this, mind you, I'm just still learning about knitting.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:44 PM   #6
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I don't think I would go a whole size smaller but the idea is to make it a little smaller so you can stretch it to the exact size it should be.
Too much stretching and it will look stretched out.

I don't think it's possible to block something smaller (unless it shrinks from the blocking method but that will change the texture drastically sometimes). Maybe a little but not much.

Do you want a Cardigan to be snug? The plan for mine is that it will be like a jacket. At the time of year I will wear it I will be wearing heavier cloths under it.

Heat doesn't make wool shrink, heat makes it more prone to felting, just like harsh soap makes it prone to felting. To actually felt takes agitation.
Natural hair has plates, the heat and soap makes those plates stand up. When agitated while those plates are standing the hair sticks together. Just like when you get the frizzies and your hair gets ratted up.
I steam block wool and it doesn't shrink at all.
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Well the Oblique to me just seems to NEED to be body hugging, here's a pic:

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Could you move the buttons over just a bit - half inch maybe?
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That is not my FO, it's the one from the pattern.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:26 PM   #10
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Ahhh, but could you?
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