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Finishing

Both completing a project and detailing a knitted garment. Finishing is always an important part of any project for me.

Why Finishing Matters

Weaving in ends. Blocking. Cleaning.  All important parts of making a project look fantastic.

After putting in hours and hours of work on a project, the last thing I want is a messy edge or weaving in of yarn to make it look like shit.

Weaving In Ends

This does two things for a garment.

  1. It secures yarn-ends to avoid unraveling or loose ends sticking out.
  2. It hides yarn ends so you can’t see when the yarn changed (or started or ended).

When I’m selling a garment (as with my current project), I want to make sure I weave in ends as well as possible. That’s why I unply the yarn and weave in multiple plies for each yarn end.

I did a video on weaving in ends a while ago, and it still holds true for me. It includes techniques, like using a sharp darning needle to split the yarns that you’re weaving into. Not everyone does that, but I find it both secures the yarn and hides that yarn.  Worth watching, even if you only pick up one or two tips.

Blocking

Mostly for my craft show garments, I steam block. It evens out my stitches and also straightens the edges of garments. If I have to launder a garment, I will wet-block it.

Cleaning

Cleaning for me is a few things. It’s picking out random barnyard debris that came with the yarn. Also removing fuzzies, pet hair and any leaves or twigs picked up during photo shoots. It also sometimes involves laundering a garment.

If I have to wash a garment, I use a product like Soak or Eucalan. They both clean the knitted fabric and leave little or no residue with very little rinsing. They also don’t have obnoxious scents the linger.  I use the soak/spin cycle on my washing machine and then lay the garment on towels wherever I can lay the garment flat. Usually it’s on my spare bed which is queen-sized. If it won’t fit on that, I will sometimes fold it in half and lay it out to dry that way.

 

Do you have any tips on making a completed garment look better? I’d love to hear any.

Current Knitting

Yes, it’s finished. The Liquified Shawl is “D” “U” “N” done!

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Overall, it was very successful.  It’s BIG…92″ long and 21″ tall.

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It wraps around the neck and shoulders really well. The “liquified” aspect of the shaping and the drape of the fabric works very well for a soft, warm clinginess.

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You can see from the backlighting how lightweight the fabric is (you can see my hand through garter stitch).

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I also think it will look fantastic just folded up on my craft show table.

5 comments on “Finishing

  1. I Always truly wash everything I make as part of finishing. I mentioned this to someone once and they thought I was crazy. But I take my knitting everywhere. And even before worldwide pandemic that’s gross enough for me. I’m partial to Soak brand because I love their scents. Frankly easier than steam blocking. IMHO.

  2. I’m curious if you’ll be selling the pattern for this. I suppose I could figure it out, but I’d rather support your great ideas. It would look amazing in a slow stripe with a solid or tonal contrast.

    1. I love the idea of a very long color repeat yarn with a solid/tonal contrast. I bet it would be fantastic.

      I will probably publish this pattern, but I’m not sure how quickly. How would you like to test-knit it?

  3. Your unplying yarn for weaving in ends has been wonderful. I’ve used that method so often, except for Woolfolk Far and Luft.
    Great to see more photos of your shawl! Love the detail!

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