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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sleeves, Check!

I finished the sleeves to my Tide Pool Cardigan last night!  (The pattern is Olive Basket, but mine is neither olive, nor basket-y.)  I will definitely be blocking these (along with the finished cardi body) before I sew them up.  They are very roly poly at the seams!

When I first started knitting, I read the directions and they said to block before seaming up a sweater.  I didn't know what blocking was and I really didn't want to waste the time, so I'd just sew it up and be done.  Of course, my seams didn't lie flat, and I needed five hands to sew them up, but hey, I was done!  Yee Haw!

Then one day (I can't remember why) I blocked my pieces, then I sewed them up.  It was amazing!  The seams didn't fight me when I was sewing them, they just lay perfectly flat and cooperative.  The finished seams also were flat.  I couldn't believe what a difference it made.  Maybe the directions are there for a reason.  Who knew?

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Anonymous Amy said...

The sleeves look less different now than when you showed them half-finished. :)

It's funny that you mention the directions. There was an interesting discussion about pattern information/directions yesterday on the Harlot's blog. http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2013/03/25/shades_of_grey.html

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