Last Spring, I made my first sweater. I used this pattern with Madeline Tosh vintage Yarn in Scarlet (two strands held together). Here are pictures of the progression:
Looks pretty good right??
The only complaints I have are:
- The fabric is kind of thick and bulky for a short sleeve sweater,
- I had a little trouble knitting the arm pit area,
- and the cowl is HUGE.
I was so happy to finish my first sweater, but it was end of spring/early summer. So, the sweater went into my closet. And in my closet is where it has been ever since.I never blocked the sweater. I’ve never blocked anything before. Last weekend I was handwashing a couple of store-bought sweaters and thought… I’ll just handwash my handmade sweater, lie it flat on some towels, and reshape!! Well…. this sweater soaked up A LOT of water. And I didn’t have a good place to let it dry! I ended up using a bunch of towels.. on top of my kitchen table… and as it dried a bit, I moved it onto a drying rack near my radiator. It took a loooonggg time. And I was worried the weight of the watered down sweater was going to mess up the shape of it. Kind of a botched blocking session! The sweater looks ok…. not much different than pre-handwash/blocking disaster. (except maybe the cowl grew even larger :/)
What’s your preferred method of blocking?