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Jan 27, 2014 16:36:19   #
aliand
 
I am just about to start a new project using this yarn. Having never worked with silk or bamboo yarns, could someone please advice if silk-bamboo yarn requires any different blocking to the standard wet blocking.
Thank you.
 
Jan 27, 2014 18:00:46   #
Crochet dreamin' (a regular here)
 
I made a summer shawl for my daughter using Aunt Lydia's bamboo. No silk. I wondered how to block it as it was lace with ruffled lace on the edges. I researched a little and ended up just using an iron, as bamboo is very much like linen. I used steam and it worked out great. I would think that the silk setting with steam or a damp cloth would work. Always use the lower setting when you have a blend.

The shawl I "ironed" came out beautifully. I sent the instructions for washing and ironing it along with the item for her Christmas present.
Jan 28, 2014 06:54:34   #
imaxian
 
I think your best bet is to swatch (we do that anyway right?) then experiment with this so you will know how the fabric behaves.
This may help
http://www.ehow.com/how_6762658_block-bamboo-yarn.html
I found this blog which I think is a great resource. scroll down to find blocking methods for different yarns.
http://sarahsyarns.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the question - I found this reading interesting.
Jan 28, 2014 09:01:13   #
ElyseKnox
 
I have to agree with the swatch suggestion. We all want to jump right into the project but swatching IS worth it, particularly when you have an unfamiliar yarn.

Work out all your questions and decisions, see if you like the pattern worked in that yarn; not to mention putting it through whatever process you will use for caring for the completed item--there are so many benefits.

imaxian wrote:
I think your best bet is to swatch (we do that anyway right?) then experiment with this so you will know how the fabric behaves.
This may help
http://www.ehow.com/how_6762658_block-bamboo-yarn.html
I found this blog which I think is a great resource. scroll down to find blocking methods for different yarns.
http://sarahsyarns.blogspot.com/
Thanks for the question - I found this reading interesting.
Jan 28, 2014 13:02:48   #
Shimal
 
I made a scarf from this yarn. No difference in blocking - use a lot of pins and you should be fine. Finished results are gorgeous!
Jan 28, 2014 13:40:28   #
aliand
 
Shimal wrote:
I made a scarf from this yarn. No difference in blocking - use a lot of pins and you should be fine. Finished results are gorgeous!


Did you just do a wet block? (soaking the item, then pinning out to dry)
 
Jan 28, 2014 15:57:57   #
Shimal
 
Yup. You're gonna love the results.
Jan 28, 2014 16:40:04   #
babyjax
 
Agree with Shimal. I did a good sized shawl with this yarn. Wet blocking opened up the lace beautifully and brought the project to its correct size. Results are lovely
Jan 28, 2014 17:13:34   #
PRIN4
 
Same advice here. I made 3 scaflettes with the Patons Silk Bamboo, blocked each with a lot of pins and by spraying it with water rather than wetting the whole scarf prior to pinning. I then let it dry, and repeated the water spraying twice more. Looked great.
Jan 30, 2014 17:56:46   #
diehlsb
 
This yarn is wonderful to work with, feels very soft and luxurious, and does not split. The care instructions say hand wash, no dryer, no iron.
I just finished (should say, stopped) a project using this yarn. The pattern (which I plan to rip up and throw away) resulted in a pretty lace that I would not block, as the variations give it texture. If you are going to be knitting mostly stockinette, definitely try blocking a swatch. I would block it by pinning it in place, putting a light cloth over it, and spraying it very wet with cool water, then letting it air dry. If you want some flattening of the stitches, lightly touch the wet cloth.
[The pattern I am referencing is the 'Top Down Raglan Summer Cardigan' mentioned in an earlier post:
www.knittingparadise.com/t-201773-1.html
The pattern is poorly written, does not work for the larger sizes, and was very time-consuming. I'm sure your pattern will be much better!] I will be ripping it all out and starting over!
Jan 30, 2014 18:07:52   #
aliand
 
Thank you all for your comments and advice!!
 
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