Knitting In The Round Is Not Flat

The weekend temperatures in Northern California were in the triple digits.  Today, Monday should be the last gasp of hot summer heat.  I took advantage of the heat over the weekend to block a lace cowl “hot” off the needles.  September Circle designed by Melissa LaBarre ” is a seamless loop scarf that combines a self-striping sock yarn and larger needles for a perfect fall accessory.”

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The patterns suggests Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy (100 g/459 yds 75% virgin wool, and 25% nylon), which I found tucked away with the rest of my sock yarn.

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I’m a newbie to lace knitting, so I decided to use stitch markers after each 12 stitch repeat. This project is a perfect “in-between another” when you’re looking for instant gratification. For bind off, I (k2tog tbl, slip the st back to left needle) to end of round.  I find this particular technique results in a looser BO, compared to (knit 2 stitches and with left needle, pass first stitch over and off needle).

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Because of the characteristic of knitted lace, I needed to figure out how to block in the round.  I browsed through a couple of books and looked online and came across an interesting technique using two knitting needles.

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After following the steps of wet blocking, knitting needles are inserted and pinned at each end to the finished size measurement.  Take a look at Lisagrace Alsbury’s blog http://thegoodlifeiniowa.blogspot.com/2012/01/crafty-christmas-herringbone-cowlhow-to.htm

Blocking a Cowl

I’m looking forward to an almost twenty degrees cooler Tuesday.