Last week I blogged about this baby sweater knit up in Louet Gems Fingering, and I’m excited to share photos of the finished sweater! I really enjoyed working with the yarn (which is probably why I’ve knit so much with Gems, including another secret project I’m working on now!)
Today I’d like to write a bit about finishing your knits and why this is so important to me. You’ve spent all this time choosing a pattern, finding the perfect yarn in just the right colors, and then hours and hours knitting your item–so when it comes to finishing, 30 minutes to take your piece from homemade to handmade is a no brainer, right?!
So, here’s my finishing process:
Step 1: Graft any pieces that need to be grafted–for this garment that meant grafting the underarms.
Step 2: Weave in all your ends carefully and thoroughly. Don’t skimp here and weave in a 1/4″ and call it good–you don’t want your ends to pop out or worse, your knitting to unravel just because you cut some corners when it came to weaving in ends.
Step 3: Block! This is so important! I used the unscented Eucalan to block my baby sweater since I wanted to be conscientious of sensitive baby skin, but my personal favorite for this no-rinse wash is Lavender, though the Eucalyptus is a close second.
Step 4: Trim ends after it’s dry. Why do I wait until the piece is try to trim the ends? Because when you block a piece the yarn shifts and smooths out a bit. This isn’t usually quite as critical on a sweater, but when it comes to something like a lace shawl that gets blocked aggressively you want to make sure your yarn is stretched as much as it’s going to be before you trim end so that you’re not cutting them too short!
Step 5: Any final finishing touches. This is when I sew on the buttons.
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