Blocking to the Rescue

October 23, 2018

Pretty much from the time I cast on the Starshower shawl-cowl, I began thinking about blocking it when I finished. It was knitting up kind of stiff, even though the pattern was lace-ish, and didn’t have the drape that I was hoping for.

Did I swatch before I started? Why, no I didn’t. Thanks for asking. And while I really like the purple-grey yarn with a hint of sparkle, I couldn’t find the yarn band, so I was completely clueless about the weight.

Did I let these details hinder my project? Of course not! At last week’s neighborhood book group gathering, I worked the last pattern repeat.

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Wine, cheese, crackers, and cake — and not a copy of the book, Before We Were Yours, in sight! At a doctor’s appointment on Friday, I binded off (or is it “bound off”?) and plopped it into the sink when I got home.

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When I stretched it out on Hannah’s bed for blocking, I was pleased that it felt looser, softer, and a bit larger. Sure enough, after it dried, it had a lovely drape and a softer feel. It’s designed to be worn either as a cowl or a snug shawl around the shoulders. I’m not sure which I prefer, but I’m glad to have the option.

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7 Responses to “Blocking to the Rescue”


  1. SO pretty! I see you like living on the edge too….why swatch?!?! ;)

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  3. Patrick Dober Says:

    Came out nice. Beautiful. xoxox

    On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 7:30 AM Saltwater Hill Knits wrote:

    > saltwaterhillknits posted: “Pretty much from the time I cast on the > Starshower shawl-cowl, I began thinking about blocking it when I finished. > It was knitting up kind of stiff, even though the pattern was lace-ish, and > didn’t have the drape that I was hoping for. Did I swatch befor” >

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  4. Cathie Says:

    Beautiful. For a moment I thought you had swatched. Thank heavens.

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