Blocking the Weasley Sweater

Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed. Pattern online: http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knit_a_harry_potter_sweater.php
  • US 7 / 4.5 mm / UK 7

Q&A with nancyelizabeth

Kate Atherley asked:
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!
nancyelizabeth answered:
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.
Becky McAllister asked:
And...what needles are you using? Thx
nancyelizabeth answered:
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.
ske5870982 asked:
I love this sweater! I noticed you said the pattern was available online - do you have a link?
nancyelizabeth answered:
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
NikaLove asked:
Great job! Love love love this sweater and I was just wondering if there was a simple pattern out there...
nancyelizabeth answered:
Link is above in my last reply. Just checked it and it's still all there. lots of fun to knit and block :-) free online at Canadian Living Magazine. http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/knitting/knit_a_harry_potter_sweater.php