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Just finished this blanket for my niece having her first baby. Purchased the pattern at e-patternscentral.com (http://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?source=froogle&code=EK00194). Blocking the blanket afterward to open up the pattern made all the difference in the world!
 

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very pretty....I'm sure it will be treasured : )
 

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Okay I have a queswtion as a new knitter- when you block an item does it retain the shape even after wash/dry or what? Please explain to me the world of blocking!
Aside from that, the blanket it LOVELY! great job!
 

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MsMallo said:
Okay I have a queswtion as a new knitter- when you block an item does it retain the shape even after wash/dry or what? Please explain to me the world of blocking!
Aside from that, the blanket it LOVELY! great job!
The blocked item will only retain it's shape until you wash it again. Once washed, you would have to re-block it while it's wet and let it dry -- much like having to re-shape a sweater or knitted item after you hand wash it. Much blocking information can be found on the internet. I'm new to blocking too and this item was actually my first attempt at blocking. It's very easy and makes all the difference -- it's just a little more time consuming than I'd like. Also, some knitting stores may offer blocking services for a fee but I'd rather save my money for the yarn. :)
 

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well in that case I'll save blocking for later and focus on getting better at knitting and learning to crochet! Thanks!
My picture there is a blanket I just made for a friend, I didn't block it obvioulsy. I figured having it wrapped nicely would be just as good. I'd hate to get something hand made and wonder why I could never get it to look as straight and nice again after washing it! lol
 

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MsMallo said:
well in that case I'll save blocking for later and focus on getting better at knitting and learning to crochet! Thanks!
My picture there is a blanket I just made for a friend, I didn't block it obvioulsy. I figured having it wrapped nicely would be just as good. I'd hate to get something hand made and wonder why I could never get it to look as straight and nice again after washing it! lol
One more important thing.....blocking works based on natural fibered yarns. Not so much the case with acrylic yarns.
 

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glad i didn't waste my time then! was 75% acrylic!!

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MsMallo said:
well in that case I'll save blocking for later and focus on getting better at knitting and learning to crochet! Thanks!
My picture there is a blanket I just made for a friend, I didn't block it obvioulsy. I figured having it wrapped nicely would be just as good. I'd hate to get something hand made and wonder why I could never get it to look as straight and nice again after washing it! lol
One more important thing.....blocking works based on natural fibered yarns. Not so much the case with acrylic yarns.
 

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janette carver said:
Oh, that is sooo pretty! Are you sure she's having a girl? LOL!
I made sure she was having a girl before I started knitting the blanket. The baby arrived the same time I finished the blanket -- talk about cutting it close!
 
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