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.
- It secures yarn-ends to avoid unraveling or loose ends sticking out.
- 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.
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 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.
Yes, it’s finished. The Liquified Shawl is “D” “U” “N” done!
Overall, it was very successful. It’s BIG…92″ long and 21″ tall.
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.
You can see from the backlighting how lightweight the fabric is (you can see my hand through garter stitch).
I also think it will look fantastic just folded up on my craft show table.