Displacement activity

Last week I blocked and sewed my linen top as a bit of a distraction. There’s been a lot said about blocking your knitting pieces before sewing up. Some knitters can get very…obsessive…about their system, drying times and even re-blocking after every wash. I’m a recent convert to the full wet blocking extravaganza. For years, I simply steam pressed the pieces so they’d lie flat sufficiently long enough to sew together painlessly. So while I think wet blocking is now a rather nifty thing to do, I still don’t have much of a system.


A ruler, pins and a beach towel. And space on some carpet (which is why we’ll never have a house without carpet).

This top was knit with linen so I needed to be quite firm with it during blocking. The design – an asymmetric neckline, and stepped sleeve edges – meant a bit of time up close and personal with the pins.


All in all, it looked ready for dissection at the end of the process.


Blocking doesn’t need to be complicated, but it is generally a good idea to check that you’ve given the garment enough room and you haven’t squished a sleeve edge up against the wardrobe door.

And at some point, I may remember to photograph the finished garment.



  1. Emilee said,

    February 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Ooh, please do photograph the finished garment! That color is gorgeous.

  2. dancingwithfrogs said,

    February 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    THAT is going to look great on you!

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