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Bettina Cardian KAL – 6th and last part

And we reached the end of the tips of the Bettina’s cardigan KAL! But this ending sounds more like a restart, because some people are starting now and others are starting a second piece (YAYYYY!)! Today let’s talk about finishing and blocking! 

*** Remembering that my observations are in written in purple!

Weave in all ends (Double I-cord Finishing at cuffs and around the cardigan) and close any holes (like at underarms).

*** I see that part as a “work of art”! A well done finishing makes all the difference in a piece knitted by hand! I like to land the work on my knee (photo below), and calmly following the format and direction of the stitches to close the holes in the armpit area, and when they are already closed, I like to sew a second time.

On that same manner, I like to sew the end of the I-cord, observing and making the seam following the formation of the stitches.

In both cases, it is crucial not to tighten it too much. If the finishing is too tight, it will inevitably distort the work. Keep in mind that we are going to wear the piece and move around in it!

Wet-block the garment to measurements and to align both I-cord finishing’s.

*** As everything in knitting, there is not only one way to get a result! I share with you one of several ways to block a cardigan.

I chose this type of blocking by the characteristics of Bettina cardigan (twisted stitches and finishing added to the piece and knitted in another direction – double I-cord). Depending on the shape and tension of each of the stitches raised and used to knit the I-cord, there may be some “wrinkling” of the cardigan. And this kind of blocking is focused on eliminating and / or minimizing this effect, as well as adjusting the cardigan to the measures suggested in the pattern.

The first step of blocking, which is wetting and shaping, I make the same way, regardless of the composition of the yarn.

 Fill the basin or a large bowl with water and add a little soap for delicate garments (I like Eucalan very much and the Brazilian Ola). After mixing the soap with water so that it is homogeneous, gently wash the piece in this mixture. Pressing gently, remove excess water.

 As we are going to use T pins to shape the 90 degree corners and the I-cord, place the cardigan on the usual place for blocking (plaque, foam, mattress, EVA etc., a towel and the towel, tuck the cardigan still very wet) In the first two photos, you can see how to stretch the I-cord and the piece with your hands.

*** Then, with the help of a measuring tape, give shape to the cardigan and put the pins into the piece, according to the measures for your chosen size. You do not need this follow this step super perfect, but it is ideal to block the piece to the nearest measures of your chosen size.

*** As one of the details of Bettina is the finishing in double I-cord with emphasis on straight edges, this is the time to shape these corners with pins.

*** Once the piece is shaped according to the suggested measures and with their details highlighted, the second step is drying.

If the fiber is 100% natural protein-based (any kind of wool), you can let it dry naturally.

If the fiber is natural, but has a basis of cellulose (cotton, flax and hemp), or processed cellulose (rayon, modal, acetate, lyocel / tencel, bamboo and corn), synthetic (nylon, polyester and acrylic) or if it is a mixture of natural wool with any of these other fibers, I recommended using any process involving heat (dryer or steam iron – used about 20 cm away. As an option for those with regular iron, you may place a soaked towel over the piece and lightly go through it with the iron. But beware: if you apply pressure with the iron, the stitches will be flattened. Move the iron gently, almost without touching the towel).

Hook & eye for closing: place 10 hook & eye evenly spaced. For a better closing, they must to be internally seamed at the line between the end of the cardigan and the beginning of the first I-cord Finishing.

*** For those who choose this type of finishing, the location of the brackets will make all the difference in the final look! As the knitted fabric has unusually stretchy quality, if the brackets are sewn over the meeting between the cardigan and the first I-cord, when the jacket is worn on the body, there should be no space.

I hope you had fun and enjoyed their “Bettinas”!

Until the next KAL!

PeaceKnitLove to everyone … forever!

xoxo, Paula

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