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Sep 15, 2019 23:11:03   #
MernieA
 
I am Knitting a sweater for my husband and the pattern is Guido. I got it from the Love Knitting website. I started to block one of the sleeves and soaked it in cold water. The sleeve stretched substantially and now I am nervous to block the other pieces. Does anyone have advice.
 
Sep 15, 2019 23:19:57   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
!00% merino
Sep 15, 2019 23:24:55   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/guido --- I do not think it has to do with the pattern ...
more likely the yarn.
https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/debbie-bliss-rialto-dk-solids
lots of projects and well rated... it is 100% wool but machine washable
all you can do at this point is to try to block it to size and see what you think.
Sep 16, 2019 00:02:21   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Welcome to Knitting Paradise!!

Did you support the entire piece as you lifted it out of the water? If so, re-soak and make sure you fully support the fabric as you remove it from the water. Maybe slip something under it to lift it - like a pillowcase?

Once you've pressed most of the water out (roll in a thirsty towel and walk on the roll), lay it out to the measurements it is supposed to be, and leave it until totally dry.
Sep 16, 2019 00:36:33   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Superwash wool is notorious for stretching. I see two comments on it stretching, particularly #11. Scrolling down I saw at least one more. https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/debbie-bliss-rialto-dk-solids/comments Someone put it in the dryer too.

ETA working at a tight gauge helps with the stretch which is one reason superwash wool works well for socks.
Sep 16, 2019 06:38:18   #
beaz (a regular here)
 
I haven't done much blocking but when I do, I use a lingerie bag to keep it all together - the bags come in several sizes and no problem taking it out of bag and rolling in a towel
 
Sep 16, 2019 07:54:54   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
MernieA wrote:
I am Knitting a sweater for my husband and the pattern is Guido. I got it from the Love Knitting website. I started to block one of the sleeves and soaked it in cold water. The sleeve stretched substantially and now I am nervous to block the other pieces. Does anyone have advice.


Sounds like the way you handled it allowed it to stretch. Of it is machine washable..try Washington machine, and a brief time in dryer might help as well.
Sep 16, 2019 12:30:55   #
d55n (a regular here)
 
Hello and welcome from North Carolina!
Sep 16, 2019 14:47:27   #
wjeanc (a regular here)
 
Hello and welcome from central FL. I see you had many responses, including Jessica Jean. I've found she is very knowledgeable in anything knitting so you might try her way first.
Sep 16, 2019 15:44:30   #
klrober
 
This is not a superwash wool so I wouldn't put it in the dryer....when you wet block wool (dunk it in water) it's going to stretch a lot when you handle it & you need to be very careful in that process.....use a no rinse soap like Eucalan....dump all the water out of the sink/dishpan & gently squeeze out as much water as you can. Then while supporting the piece gently lay it out on a bath towel & roll to remove excess moisture....then gently lay on your blocking mat & pin to pattern measurements, let dry......

Suzanne Bryan has an excellent video on Utube blocking a whole sweater but her info is similar to mine....treat the garment gently.....

Some people say to "walk" on your piece when it's rolled into the towel...that just makes me shudder....
Sep 16, 2019 15:57:36   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
klrober wrote:
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Some people say to "walk" on your piece when it's rolled into the towel...that just makes me shudder....
Why? I sure wouldn't wring it.
 
Sep 16, 2019 16:15:15   #
Elegants by Ellen
 
What does it say on the yarn wrapper? If it says machine wash and dry then it is meant to go in the dryer
Sep 16, 2019 16:19:45   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Elegants by Ellen wrote:
What does it say on the yarn wrapper? If it says machine wash and dry then it is meant to go in the dryer
.https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/debbie-bliss-rialto-dk-solids

I would only put it in the dryer if I wanted a felted project.
Sep 16, 2019 16:48:23   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
.https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/debbie-bliss-rialto-dk-solids

I would only put it in the dryer if I wanted a felted project.

I do not know why it is so hard to find care instructions for some yarns.....
I did find someplace that said this is machine wash gentle/warm and lay flat to dry.
Sep 16, 2019 20:54:38   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
I use a fair bit of merino wool, I usually handwash then leave to drain in the sink for quite awhile I move up to the side so water can continue to drain....I then lay a towel over then gently move....I gently dab as much moisture out, change towels as needed....I usually roll it up in the towel and turn over and move to a dry spot on the towel as it becomes wet...once a towel stays pretty dry I move to my mats and shape/pin etc and leave to air dry
I do love using Merino wool, I mainly use superwash ...it blocks beautifully
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