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Jul 19, 2012 07:30:03   #
Rhola
 
My diagonal afghans/blankets always stretch towards the end; and are never square. How can I correct this? They look like a kite instead of being square.
 
Jul 19, 2012 08:59:06   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
That happens and blocking can square it up a bit. I like the kite shape. It is a better shape to use for wrapping or swaddling the baby. Think of it as a design improvement?
jinx
Jul 19, 2012 12:02:36   #
Zara
 
Rhola wrote:
My diagonal afghans/blankets always stretch towards the end; and are never square. How can I correct this? They look like a kite instead of being square.



Mine tend to go a tad out of shape too towards the end. I have sometimes decreased a stitch in the middle of the blanket about 20 rows from the end and then again 4 rows later. Cannot notice it but also too, once the blanket is washed and dried, it tends to be more square.
Hope that helps!
Zara
Jul 19, 2012 14:29:42   #
Rhola
 
Thanks -- appreciate the advice-- will keep trying. Really like the eyelet diagonal pattern from lion brand yarn.
Jul 20, 2012 08:20:35   #
crafty jeanie
 
Thanks for posting, I thought it was just me so I didn't make another one. Nice to know it happens.
Jul 20, 2012 09:32:58   #
LilgirlCA
 
Just pull on the opposite corners on the 'sides' of the kite to stretch it back into shape. They stretch out because of the weight as we finish them.
 
Jul 20, 2012 09:41:27   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
I tried a diagonal and had the same "problem". And I should have known because somewhere in fhe directions it said "diamond shape". One more reason to read all the directions before starting. Didn't like it, ripped it and did a different pattern.
Jul 20, 2012 10:03:59   #
gigi213
 
I've just finished what I believe to be the same blanket. Not only is it badly in need of blocking, I spilled coffee AND instant breakfast on it. Just bad form!! :oops:
Jul 20, 2012 12:23:22   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
gigi213 wrote:
I've just finished what I believe to be the same blanket. Not only is it badly in need of blocking, I spilled coffee AND instant breakfast on it. Just bad form!! :oops:


Been there. Done that. Sorry you had the same experience.
Jul 20, 2012 17:23:26   #
quiltress588
 
I just finished this blanket and used I Love This Yarn baby ombre and a size 8 circ. This is the first time that mine has actually turned out as a square. I think that's because this yarn on a size 8 made a denser blanket. I have made probably a dozen or more using homespun on a 10 1/2 and they were all skewed.
Jul 20, 2012 17:48:29   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
I just keep first and last stitch of each row a bit snug...give a little tug as you knit to square it up and when finished blocking is a must..
When I block it..I soak in a good wool soak or if acrylic just wash it in machine..then on a blocking board with pins make it perfectly square and hover your (I use a Rowenta) Iron over and give it shots of steam...allow to air dry and it will look like new and fairly perfectly squared.
I hope this helps a bit.
 
Jul 20, 2012 20:01:56   #
mochamarie
 
I avoided making a diagonal baby blanket because even my diagonal dishcloths stretch out of shape as I make them! :roll: If you're not happy with it, try knitting with a pillow in your lap to take up some of the weight and I sometimes grab as much of the piece of knitting as I can in my left hand to help hold it up. :-) Good luck!
 
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