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Old 04-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Is blocking my answer and how do I do it
I made a baby blanket for a friend, but now I don't want to give it to here because it rolls on the edges. I read somewhere that blocking might help, but don't know how to do this since I am a newbie.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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What pattern or stitch did you use? Does it have a border? If so how many stitches wide is it? What fiber/yarn did you use?

Blocking may help, but it doesn't always solve the problem. It depends on the fiber, the stitches, etc. If its acrylic you can try tossing it in the washer and dryer. That usually helps some. Sometimes getting it damp and laying it flat can help. You may need to pin those edges. You can try steaming it, but be very careful if it's acrylic ir it will melt.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:59 PM   #3
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Blocking won't completely cure curling edges and if it's acrylic or cotton, you can't really 'block' it like wool anyway. You really need a border or edge stitch, here's an article why. There are links at the bottom of it for how you can fix it after you've knit it.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Blocking won't completely cure curling edges and if it's acrylic or cotton, you can't really 'block' it like wool anyway. You really need a border or edge stitch, here's an article why. There are links at the bottom of it for how you can fix it after you've knit it.
That is a great article -- well-written and interesting to read -- thanks for sharing!
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Suzeeq, this is exactly what I was looking for in an explanation of how stitches are formed, thank you!
and it's very easy to understand with the little drawings.

This is great, I'm so glad you posted the link! Thank you, thank you.
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I had the same problem with the garter stitch borders on this blanket. I made it for a friend's first granddaughter and almost didn't give it to her because the flipping borders drove me crazy. As others have said, blocking didn't totally get rid of the problem but it helped a lot, even though I used acrylic yarn for the blanket. Best of all, the recipients loved it! So go ahead and block your blanket and give it with pride!
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