Blocking is the best thing ever invented!
Remember my Cursed Sweater? (I really wish I could show you real pictures of it… Some day.) Well, I think I finally got the curse to lift! Woo hoo!
So, last you heard, I had finished the sweater, but it fit me… not great. In fact, it fit me so poorly that I thought I had messed up my math. I spent the week worried, going over the math again and again. What had I done wrong? Did I misplace a parenthesis or a plus sign in my spreadsheet? Did I accidentally cast on the wrong number of stitches? WHAT DID I DO?
It didn’t help that the sweater made me feel distinctly like a plump sausage in too-tight casing.
(I can’t show you pictures, but I can show you poorly-Photoshopped representations of the sweater in question.)
The collar choked me, the sleeves were a good 6 inches too short, the body rolled up on itself. It was awful!Awful!
Well, I went ahead and blocked it- I didn’t have much hope, but I figured it couldn’t hurt.
But, holy knitwear, Batman! It blocked out perfectly! It fits like a glove, the sleeves are the perfect length, and I can swallow while wearing it. It’s the best!It turns out, I had blocked my gauge swatch before I measured. So, all my math was based on a blocked gauge (THE WAY YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO IT!), but for some reason, my brain had completely forgotten how pattern designing works and assumed that I had just really, really messed up again.
Come on brain, don’t stress me out like that!
This sweater is DONE! It was a slog, but I survived, and I have a pretty killer new sweater in my closet (where it will stay for the next six months, because summer just started here… sigh).
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Your drawing on top of your photo is cracking me up. Blocking works miracles!