the beauty of blocking. part 2.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Here's the thing to remember about your knitting. You can always make it a size or sometimes 2 bigger!

My mom always taught me not to sweat the small stuff in life.  And that refers to my knitting!  I knew when I was working on this sweater that it was going to be too small.  But I forged ahead because of some of the basic knowledge I have regarding my knitting.  Blocking can be magical!
This sweater was too small.  I mean like really too small!  I could never have even worn a t-shirt under it let alone a blouse.  However, if you wet your project and lay it flat, pinned to the measurement you are trying to achieve, magic really does happen!  You must, and I mean must, let it completely dry.  Resist the urge to unpin it.  Trust me.  I have unpinned sweaters just to try them on and things can get a bit wonky.

This is a pattern I came up with a while ago.  It is intended for a solid color, but I didn't have enough of any one color so decided to combine a few colors from my stash.   The yarn was from a few of my Knitcrates.   I started off with the neutral and then I changed stripes whenever I felt the urge.  I did match the sleeve pattern to the stripe pattern in the body.  Not my usual color pallet, but I think I will get some wear out of this sweater.  Heck, I'm wearing it as I'm typing this! :)

I plan on writing this pattern up and making it one of those sweaters that encourage knitters to trust themselves and get creative.  Make the pattern unique and a one of a kind!

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  1. The beauty of blocking!! The sweater looks awesome... and I'm inspired, I have a medium green [not a sweater quantity] but i'm going to copy you... start with the green and make random stripes! Why didn't I think of that? Thanks

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    1. thank you so much gwen! let your mood dictate the stripes! plus... stripes are in! :) xx

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  2. Blocking really is magical! The sweater looks great on you and I love that you used odd balls from your stash. I'm trying to knit only from my stash although I admit, that plan is not working well.

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    1. thank you jeannie! good luck with your stash knitting. it really does feel good! xx

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  3. This is so good! After reading your last post on this jumper I went through my stash and found some gorgeous grey yarn which is a skein or two short of a full jumper. Now I have some inspiration for what to do with it :)

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    1. YAY! So fun Charlotte! It feels so great to put some stash yarn to use! Happy striping! xx

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