Sunday, January 21, 2007

McSteaming


The wonders of steam blocking the Backyard Leaves Scarf.

Addendum: For the benefit of my non-knitting viewers, steam blocking is a process whereby you take your knitted piece, stretch it out to the dimensions you want, and then steam block it in one of two ways: Either you can place a damp towel over the knitting to protect it and gently iron, or you can take your iron and hover it over the knitting and steam away. Blocking is important in order to for the piece to really show its design. See how the unblocked piece is all bunched up and the blocked piece stretches out to show the lacework?


And yes, I did this on styrofoam and it worked out fine! Didn't melt it or anything!

9 comments:

Jason Meltzer Patterson said...

steam *blocking* ?

please explain

Anonymous said...

You steam blocked on styrofoam?

koko puff said...

Nice scarf - can't wait to see it in person!

Anonymous said...

Handsome scarf.

here is a link to share: http://ruthcross.com/interiorsPage/
interiorsPage.html

Allison said...

Hi - I saw you post on my blog and just checked yours out too! I love this scarf, it's so pretty. I bet it will look really great on too.

Susan said...

Can you remember how long your scarf was (the 11 repeat part) before blocking and then again after blocking? I'm knitting the scarf on smaller needles with lighter weight yarn and want to know how many pattern repeats to add to the scarf to make it long enough.

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

Unfortunately I don't have the pre-blocking measurements, but my numbers show it was 68" x 6" after blocking. I ended up selling it on Etsy.

http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=5992048

Kelly said...

Sorry, it's cutting off the link address for etsy!