Friday, July 10, 2009

take two

Alright. Back to the rickrack rib pullover. 
I guess some of you didn't think it looked terrible before.  And, I thank you for that.  However,  I didn't give you the full view. It really was way too big after I blocked it. Too loose and boxy and baggy.   And it was entirely my fault because I initially thought it was too tight.  However, after re-blocking I got it exactly how I like it.  
A few thoughts about blocking:  Everything I ever make, I block.  Well, not my hats and gloves or scarves, but all of my sweaters.  So many garments don't even get the proper drape until you block them.  I do it all in the machine on the hand-wash setting and throw in a little bit of soap.  As soon as the machine stops, I lay the garment out on a towel.  I often take them outside and let them dry in the sun.  I also measure using the measurements from the pattern according to the size I made.  And many times I just base it on the fit before it is blocked.  (I am that anxious knitter that sews the sweater together and then try's it on with all the yarn tails hanging everywhere.)  I always block the finished garment and not just the pieces.  (Like a lot of patterns instruct you to do.)  And I try very hard to resist the temptation of trying on a wet sweater.  
This pattern is great.  Designed by Kat Coyle.  A perfect combination of a stitch pattern and a stockinette.  Just enough rickrack rib stitch to keep you busy and then giving you a little stockinette for those moments when you need a mindless knit.
It was the first time I worked with Classic Elites wool bam boo.  It is unbelievably soft. I'm not sure I expected that.    
Yarn:  Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo  color 1649, blueberry, 8 balls
Needle Size: US 6
Alright.   I'm onto the next.  Something in a shade of purple.  I'll be back soon to tell you all about it.
Have a great one!

70 comments:

Kathy said...

Lovely and you look lovely in it!
I am short and a little(?) rounder, but I could do this with a couple more inches in length and I think it would work. Very nice job.

Kelly said...

Such a pretty sweater! Do you have any advice for a newbie sweater knitter on seaming a sweater together? I feel a little lost and your sweater looks so wonderfully put together. Thank you for your blocking advice. ~Kelly

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kim said...

It's fabulous! I think bamboo always has a tendancy to stretch. I never block individual pieces; it just seems ludicrous to me. On the other hand, I just began blocking things recently...

Adrienne said...

I love this top! You look gorgeous!

Caffeine Girl said...

The sweater is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your know-how on blocking. As a sweater novice, it seems very complicated!

Carrie S. said...

I just love that ric rack stitch, it looks lovely on you!

katieleigh said...

Thanks for the thoughts on blocking. And the sweater looks lovely - and how fun that the yarn is called blueberry.

Renee said...

It's lovely!

lucky knitter said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on blocking. I always block finished sweaters too - it does make a difference.

morewithles said...

That is so flattering -- and a really striking color!

Celestial said...

Looks like a perfect fit from here, very lovely on you.

I have to block my sweater pieces twice - individually (to make sure I'm still getting gauge) and another after it's all seamed up. I'm usually nervous that my seaming would pucker if I didn't do the first block and jumped right into the whole.

kat said...

The sweater looks great on you! I'm glad that the second time blocking worked out. That yarn has a lot of give when it's wet.

Karen said...

Love the sweater on you and love the color of the yarn. I never block. I'm beginning to see the error of my ways. Hmmmm.

Hilary said...

What a pretty sweater! I was one of those who thought it looked great before, and I still do, but I see now the great fit you were able to achieve.

I swear by blocking. Sure, I get impatient waiting for a sweater to dry, but 9 times out of 10 it makes a garment look about 100 times more professional. It's like magic!

Windy Knitty said...

So pretty! I love it:)

house on hill road said...

it's so lovely, leslie.
and thanks for your thoughts on blocking. i hate blocking, but it is necessary, isn't it?

Roslyn said...

Turned out beautiful in the end. Blocking always changes the garment, I love how this one turned out.

PickingUpStitches said...

I still don't understand blocking...

What happens when you wash the sweater? Do you have to repeat the whole blocking thing all over again?

Why do you block, what yarns/garments require blocking, how do you do it, and how do you then wash/maintain the blocking?

Don't feel like you have to spend an afternoon asking my questions... if you could point me to a link that explains blocking that would be great. Thanks.

Just Jem said...

Thank you so much for explaining how you 'block' in detail - as a complete novice knitter and only on my first proper project that final stage which instructs you to 'block' has always scared me a little so I tend to ignore it!

I think it looks fabulous and I love your favorite wall ☺

Holli said...

Gorgeous pattern and such excellent yarn. Isn't blocking amazing. I'm glad you got the fit you were seeking the second time around.

Cheers.

Audrey said...

what a gorgeous sweater! lovely work!
I haven't moved beyond scarves yet, but I will eventually.

seashoreknits said...

That is lovely! And looks like a perfect fit. Your blocking tale now gives me hope the perhaps I can still salvage my Mermaid. It fit so well pre-blocking, but after got way too big. I had already decided to gift it to my mother, but maybe there is hope in a re-do? You've inspired me to try again. If you can get bamboo to "shrink" back up, maybe I can do it with my shetland wool. Fingers crossed! Thanks, Leslie, for sharing.

purlfriend said...

This is gorgeous! The color is lovely, and it fits like a dream!

Kara said...

Well, I think the extra work really payed off. Looks so great on you!

APA said...

I'm so glad I popped over here. I hope to learn to knit one day (something other then a scarf or dish towel) and I was wondering how to block. I had asked my oldest sister who knits (and made me a beautiful vest this past winter) and she didn't know. I'm guessing what she had knit long ago didn't necessarily need to be blocked? Now I can share and also store the info away for myself.

What I most excited about, however, is something in that shade of purple. Yum. I totally have a purple thing going as you may recall from past conversations in this wonderful space. And something in that shade of purple will totally match your awesome summertime nail polish. Yes, purple, the color of grapes that become a delicate wine to dance the jig and sing a song within as you savor each wonderful sip in good company. rockin' shockin' good! :)

XXOO

Philigry said...

Leslie, I love it. it looks great. thanks for all the tips on blocking. i am going to do it your way now. I have always blocked my stuff in the sink, and waited forever for them to dry. your way sounds much better!

lucy said...

it certainly looks like a winner for the summer. I love it with the white pants!

Ella said...

It's lovely! Color, fit, everything! :D

Jane said...

Perfect! Have a great weekend Leslie!

martha - ca knitter said...

The sweater came out beautiful... Both times. :-)

MadMad said...

Oh, it is so fab. What a great color, too. Darn. As always, I am tempted to join you. Especially since the one I'm working on isn't doing what it's supposed to and is ready for a time out...

nicole said...

Well it certainly isn't boxy or baggy now (not that I thought that the first time).

Very pretty. I'm sure that colour is gorgeous with your lovely blonde hair.

Funessa said...

Wow I can't believe how much smaller you were able to make it with blocking! This is good to know! :)

Thanks for the pattern link. I've been SEARCHING for a scoopneck pullover lately!

Alison said...

I still just love the vibrant color of this piece, it seems, to me, to be a very happy sweater!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a pretty sweater - love the colour and the style. Glad you are happy with it now - I must try blocking on my next knitting project - sounds like it will make all the difference.

TD wool design said...

this is just perfect. and why i have such a hard time posting pics. you seem to always have a perfect fit. my sweaters always seem to be too big. i have a narrow torso and find a lot of patterns need adjustment. anyway, i agree with your blocking method. thanks for sharing it. and i love the color you chose! gorgeous.

Courtney Heath said...

Gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

It really is stunning, and the color is amazing!! Glad you are happy with it!!
Suzanne

jillian said...

It's perfect! It's fantastic you could "save" it by re-blocking. It's interesting to hear how you block - I am also impatient in only blocking the entire garment after trying it on :)

Jessica said...

I still love it....Thanks for the suggestions on blocking...I'll have to block my sweater soon!

Lolly said...

Lovely sweater! What a beautiful fit and color for you.

Adina said...

so I get the blocking process. my question is do you have to "block" so to speak everytime you wash a garment? this maybe a dumb question but I imagine sweaters taking whatever shape they want everytime they get washed.

Journeying Five said...

okay okay you are right it looks better and isn't falling off your shoulders! you were so right!

amanda said...

This is perfect on you - the blue is just gorgeous!

Linda said...

Its interesting to hear how you bolck things. I am always a little scared when I put the garment into the water! I am glad the sweater is now good and how you want it, its lovely.

Maryse said...

It looks great! Very nice blue. I bet you are going to wear it a lot. Congratulations!

amandajean said...

it looks wonderful on you!

pricklypearbloom said...

It looks so great!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Yup, still a super awesome sweater!

I always block the whole thing and not the pieces, too. I sometimes can't resist trying on the damp (no longer wet!) sweater, though. Gak!

Trisha said...

It does loook like it fits you better now. Very pretty color for a very cute sweater! Thanks for talking a little more about blocking.

Carolyn said...

Very pretty! Love the color too!

Rachel said...

This looks amazing on you! You did an incredible job with this top!

The Wooly Wumpus said...

Love your sweater and thanks for the mini blocking tutorial! I haven't used bamboo, maybe subconsciously avoiding it? Good to know your thoughts on it!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

It's beautiful. That's a gorgeous pattern

tiennie said...

It looks so lovely on you! I love blocking too and I'm going to try your method the next time I block a sweater. :)

Nella said...

Absolutely beautiful! It's very cold in South Africa now and all I want to do is knit knit knit!! I love your blog and all the ideas are giving me a headache!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Love the arms most especially!

gaylen said...

I'm late to the party - but you look lovely. That is a beautiful sweater in a great color. Enjoy. g

luvinthemommyhood said...

Looks fabulous on you!

Kristyn Knits said...

stunning! just perfect on you!

Camilla / Bloom said...

Love this in blue...so pretty.
I made one just like it in a varigated rose. I think I like yours better!
Just beautiful!

R a i n said...

It's gorgeous!!!

mel said...

Perfect fit-I'm so glad it worked out!! And a lovely color. I am that anxious knitter too :)

Kat is such a talented designer, this is another of hers that I would love to make!

Gnat said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love the neckline!

Sheree said...

Oh, this is sooo lovely! I want to make this. Would you classify this as an easy to intermediate knit (then I could handle it). I have never made a sweater for myself...this makes me want to try!

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