The Magic of Blocking

Over the weekend, I experienced some…shall we say….incredibly effective blocking results with a crocheted item.

I am now the proud owner of an XL skull shawl 🙂

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It has been in process for the past few weeks.  I wasn’t making it to fill an order or anything, it was more of a side project. Something that may actually end up being for me 😉

Over the past few months, I have finally tracked down more of the burgundy/grey/red/black yarn that I used to create my Skull Scarf.  

It was an incredibly difficult yarn to find.  I scoured all the shops here in Toronto and, in August while on the TTC Knitalong, I came across half a dozen balls on clearance at PassionKnit.

Toronto discovery!
Toronto discovery!

It wasn’t enough though.
I wanted more so I could make more skull scarves so I spent a few hours hunting online.  Finding the actual brand of yarn was fairly easy, it was finding the specific colour way that made the search so darn difficult.

Eventually, I found a shop in Europe with some in stock and I ordered pretty much all they had.  It arrived, all these lovely little balls of yarn smushed together in a sealed clear plastic bag…so lovely and exciting…begging to be knit and crocheted!

So in addition to making skull scarves, I set aside a few balls and started this shawl.

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Skull shawl in process

I used a smaller crochet needle than I typically use for this type of shawl so it took longer and resulted in quite a few more rows of skulls than usual (9 rows instead of the typical 6).

I also decided to try a new (to me) and more complex border than my typical fringe or scalloped edging, which added a few more inches.

All of this to say, I was somewhat off when guessing how large it would stretch during blocking…

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…and I ended up with a shawl that is 90″across the top and 44″ long, from top to point.

IMG_0402It appears to have gained about a foot through the stretching and blocking process.  Somehow I didn’t expect super wash wool to offer that much give.

It’s a fantastic shawl….edgy, gothic with this awesome border…but it’s HUGE!

Not necessarily a bad thing…just a fact.

And at this point, I think it’s staying with me 😉

 

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3 thoughts on “The Magic of Blocking”

    1. Thanks!!

      The shawl pattern is available online …you should be able to find it my googling skull shawl crochet pattern 🙂

      The edging is a pattern I made up in the moment and I unfortunately never wrote it down.

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