Wednesday, June 11, 2014

blocking is magic, part two

I neglected to take "before" photos this time, unfortunately! But without blocking, the "points" looked more like floppy "waves." I have to admit, I'm finding blocking so much fun that I can't believe I knitted this long without regularly doing it! I don't think I'll suddenly start blocking socks or hats--but if it has any lacy element, I'm not afraid to block it anymore!

Pattern: Cassis Shawlette (a freebie! link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Candy Skein Yummy Fingering (colorway: grape soda, used approx. 3/4 of the skein)
Needles: Size 4 Knit Picks Harmony
Mods: None! This was super fast and fun to knit! You knit the lace chevron edging first, and then pick up and knit short rows to fill in the crescent shape of the shawlette. So far this is one of my favorite shawlette construction methods--the short rows really zip along! And it's garter stitch, so it makes for really relaxing knitting. I would knit this pattern again in a heartbeat! This marks my first 350 yards toward my 5k Stash Dash challenge this summer--guess I'd better get knitting, huh?


9 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful!! I love the color you chose. The first time I blocked something I was so amazed. Now I block just about everything because it evens out the stitches so nicely!

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  2. Simply gorgeous!
    I too block, but do a rather simpler version by steaming my knitted goodies under a damp cloth, brings out the same effect and is a lot less time consuming :)
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  3. Lovely! I like blocking, too. I don't tend to block socks but I do block everything else.

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  4. This looks like my kind of knit... I'm off to look up the pattern! Beautiful work, friend!

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  5. I am a great fan of blocking but use the damp cloth method its not as time consuming. Your shawl looks great.

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  6. Very nice. Looks like the perfect wrap for summer.

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  7. Thanks, ladies! I'll definitely try the damp cloth and/or steaming methods next! (I have to admit, I don't let things soak very long at all when I've blocked so far, and it's seemed to speed up the drying process!)

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  8. Your shawlette looks amazing! Blocking is indeed magic. It really makes a project go to the next level.

    You've definitely got me getting ready to spend some time doing my Craftsy "Short Row" class tomorrow night.

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  9. Stunning - I love the way blocking brings out the lace. Gorgeous colour too.

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