Thursday, 6 January 2011

Knitting - the MAGIC of blocking and a current work in progress

Well hello there!

I thought I'd give you a peek at my current knitting project and rave about a knitting epiphany I have just had.

I recently bought a heap of pdf patterns from one of my favorite online shops The Vintage Knitting Lady and quickly started on the clear "instant gratification" item.  A 1940's blouse that claimed it could be knit in three evenings (Hah!).

It actually is a fairly quick knit, especially if you only do 1.5 instead of 2.5 inches of K1, P1 rib.  I hate K1, P1 rib with a passion, especially on tiny needles.

The pattern doesn't requite much yarn as it is a very loose knit and so I used some unidentified yarn I picked up from the local charity shop.  It came with some vintage 3ply and is a little thicker so is possibly a 4 ply and is definitely 100% wool and such a pretty blue. 

The pattern does not have any tension information and needed to be resized so I took a gamble and used needles 0.5 mm larger than suggested. 

I was worried throughout knitting the back section as it still looked incredible small and when I stretched it it looked odd.  I persevered though in the hope that blocking could sort it out.

This was quite a gamble for me as I have, so far, found blocking to be completely pointless.  However this is the first time I have worked with 100% wool yarn and now I have seen the light, for animal fibres at least.

I soaked the finished piece in cold water for 20 minutes and then  gently squeezed out all of the water and rolled the piece in a towel.  I then pinned the piece out to the size I wanted and let it dry.

In the morning there it was, dry, with even stitching and in the size I was after.  An absolute miracle.

Here is the blocked piece next to the unblocked front piece so you can see the difference.

It's a miracle, a yarny miracle!

I'm still not sure how this will turn out, or if I even have enough yarn to finish it, we shall see. 


  1. Ha! I'm laughing at my earlier comment on your previous post, obviously you are already halfway there. :) Such a cute pattern.

  2. Oow, oow, oow, what a lovely pattern. I was just reading a pattern of mine, that said it could be knitted in a few evenings- sorry but no- it’s in 3 ply… they are having a laugh, aren’t they!? Any hoo- does washing and blocking really get rid of uneven stitches- if true, yippee, as I have real bother with stocking stitch (I get very tense!)
    Night night Tups x

  3. I really does help, I can't beleive the difference.

  4. Lovely pattern :) And wow, what a difference the blocking made!

  5. That blocking has worked hasn't it? I hate blocking, but have found that with a bit of time and patience it really does work miracles (esecially with my dodgy tension!) I'm looking forwards to seeing the blouse when its completed.

  6. Can't wait to see the FO!

  7. It IS magic! I remember the first time I actually bothered to wet block something (instead of pressing a bit half-heartedly) - my knitting looked so much nicer, and sewing up is miles easier. Can't wait to see the sweater on you :)