Blocking & Finishing

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Blocking and finishing are probably my least favorite parts of knitting. Blocking isn't so bad especially if you make it a little more enjoyable by using some nice smelling stuff to soak it with (Soak Wash citrus scent Yuzu is my favorite!). But finishing on the other hand is just not fun. It is of course, very important because it is the final step in completing your knitted item. It can even be what holds the item together as with many sweater patterns. And thus I am attempting to be a little more patient and careful with my finishing.

In doing so I decided to save up a whole bunch of projects to block and finish at the same time. So that I could really focus on these aspects. Some of the items only required a few ends to be woven in but others required seaming and even adding buttons!

First I blocked all of my items. It took basically all of Saturday for them to dry.

Next I looked up a few tutorials for finishing techniques. The Purl Bee had some great tutorials, these are the ones I used:

Weaving in Your Ends 

Mattress Stitch

Sewing on a Button

I mostly used the vertical and horizontal methods for weaving in my ends. I do wish that I had remembered to start my new skein at the end of a row particularly with the linen yarn because it really shows any imperfections that there might be.

The buttons were easy to add, you sew them on like you would any other button.  Plus, I recently read this post on the Fringe Association blog. So I off-centered my buttons!

The mattress stitch was surprisingly not the most complicated technique. In fact, finishing the neck and arm holes of my Quince & Co. Forsythia Tank turned out to be most tricky. Several times I ended up with armholes that were too tight or a neck that looked like it had been gathered because I had either not picked up enough stitches or I had done the binding off too tightly. But in the end all of the finishing was completed and I learned a few new techniques. Expect some photos of the finished garments in the next week or so. Until then here is a peek at my Forsythia, Sans Kerchief, Nordic Wind Shawl (inspired by Marlee Grace's version from Have Company, and Cradle Cardigan .

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