blocking Carbeth

Quite a few knitters seem to be about to finish their Carbeths (yes, it is a quick knit!) , and I wanted to say a quick work about blocking this sweater.

This garment requires wet blocking (soak for 20-30 minutes, press dry between towels) and should be blocked flat, as shown in the diagram above. Place the sweater on a blocking board or mat and carefully smooth out to the shape shown above, paying particular attention to the lines of shaping and the sleeve angles. Now check the dimensions of your sweater in the pattern’s sizing table and refer to these measurements when pinning out to dry, using tape measure and blocking pins. Many knitters tend to work more tightly over small circumferences – if this is you, check the sizing table carefully and pay particular attention to the dimensions of the sleeves.

The neckline on this sweater is important. I don’t usually suggest stretching or overblocking rib, but it is important to do so in this instance. Fold the rib in two, and block the doubled-over rib so that it sits wide and straight. I used several pins to do this when blocking my samples, but Mel had the genius idea of using a plate when blocking hers.

The aim here is to create a straight, neat, boat-ish neck rather than an unruly funnel.

Leave your sweater blocking until it is completely dry. . . .
. . . Then have fun wearing your Carbeth!