Block Party (90 minutes) (advanced beginner)

                                                            

Class Description

How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? Participate in an eye-opening demo and a practical discussion about options for laundering and blocking your hand knits, including tools, techniques, interpretation of those cryptic laundry symbols, and a basic tutorial on different types of fiber.

Techniques to be covered

  • Yarn label washing information
  • Laundry symbols
  • Soaps
  • Machine washing
  • Hand washing
  • Dry cleaning
  • Why should you block?
  • Steam blocking
  • Wet blocking
  • Blocking surfaces
  • Blocking wires
  • Woolly boards
  • Aftercare (storing sweaters)

Supplies needed

  • 50 gm smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
  • US 7 (4.5 mm) circular or straight needles

Homework

Swatch #1: Cast on 24 stitches. Work in k2, p2 rib until piece measures approximately 3″. Bind off loosely in pattern. Cut yarn.

Swatch #2: Cast on 16 stitches. Rows 1-12: K1, [yo, p2tog, k1] to end of row. Bind off. Cut yarn.