One knitter's battle to conquer the intended gauge . . .

Friday, February 28, 2014

Finished Object: Knitted Baby Magic Slippers and Why Blocking your Knits is so Important




Pattern: Magic Slippers

Ever wonder why blocking is so important? Check out the top photo. Booty on the right was blocked. Booty on the left was not. In the bottom photo both of the booties have been blocked. 

Blocking:
  1. Evens out the stitches, making them more uniformly shaped. 
  2. Allows you to manipulate the dimensions a bit. In this instance helping me make sure that both booties were the same size. 
  3. Opens up the stitches, showing your pattern better, as in lace knitting. 
How to block booties:
  1. Place the finished booties with all ends woven in, in a sink of warm soapy water and allow them to sit (don't agitate) for 15 minutes or so.  (I use wool wash that doesn't need rinsing.)
  2. Press out the water and roll the booties in a towel, to get out the excess water. 
  3. Stuff the booties with paper towels, manipulating them into the shape you want. 
  4. Set them out to dry. I pinned my toe and heel to a blocking mat because I was trying to make sure that they were the right dimensions in the sole. 
Turns out that didn't matter because they were too small for the baby. Dang. I took too long to actually sit down and knit them. The baby grew up on me! Oh well, into the container for future baby shower gifts they go...

Joining with Linda, Tami, and Andrea

10 comments:

  1. They are darling! I am sure there will be a baby to fit them soon, it seems to be a thing going on around here lately!

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    1. Thank you! I am sure that you are right.

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  2. Love them. I'm going to add them to my queue for using up my sock yarn scraps. Baby feet grow fast!

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    1. Thanks! They are a great way to use up scrap sock yarn. They take sooo little yarn.

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  3. Oh they are sooooo cute! I wish they had fit her. :(

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  4. Love your slippers. I have my yarn picked out and your headband pattern bought so I'm ready to cast it on. Thanks again for the pattern sale last week.

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    1. Thanks! You are welcome for the sale. I am glad that you are ready to cast on. Let me know if you have any questions.

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