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Blocking the Weasley Sweater

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Blocking Handknits taught by Kate Atherley

Blocking is the easiest, fastest way to take your knitting to the next level. Finish knitting projects so that they look, fit and feel as wonderful as you imagined.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Knitting
Type Clothing
Yarn Weight Worsted (10 ply)
Sizing Women
Style Preppy, Cute, Romantic, Classic, Casual, Whimsical, Traditional, Victorian / Steampunk
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What needles did you use? US 7 / 4.5 mm / UK 7

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What materials did you use? Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed. Pattern online: http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knit_a_harry_potter_sweater.php

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What are you most proud of? I have always blocked my knits but I still learned a few tips from the class. In these pictures you can see what a huge difference between the blocked back and the unblocked front. Pieces are so much easier to handle and to sew together if you block them first but I don't always have time to wait for them to dry so sometimes it gets left to the end when I am all finished with ends sewn in.

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Looks really great - and I agree that the fabric is so much nicer after blocking. Can I ask, why did you pin it? Were you stretching it? No wrong answer here, I'm just curious!

10/16/2013 Flag

Hi Kate, sorry I didn't see this until right now. I usually just block my sweaters by soaking, rolling in a towel and laying them out to dry using the measuring tape to refine the shaping - just as you instruct. I did want to try blocking the pieces individually this time as an experiment as I had seen others do this. Perhaps it makes it easier to sew together? In this case, I didn't find it made enough difference to use this technique routinely. So, I used the pins to smooth the sides, keep them from curling under to make the piece more flat to ease the seaming. The bottom hem is the curled up fabric of stocking stitch and I used the pins there to control the amount of curl that was allowed in.

10/24/2013 Flag

What level of knitting?

02/11/2014 Flag

And...what needles are you using? Thx

02/11/2014 Flag

Hi Becky, thanks for your support. The pattern is very easy. the needles are US 7 / 4.5 mm / UK 7. So glad you like it :-) you can get the pattern online for free.

02/15/2014 Flag

I love this sweater! I noticed you said the pattern was available online - do you have a link?

03/29/2014 Flag

The pattern for this sweater is designed by Alison Hansel and published in Charmed Knits as well as free online at Canadian Living Magazine. http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knit_a_harry_potter_sweater.php

04/04/2014 Flag

Thanks for posting the link - I've got it in my queue :)

04/05/2014 Flag