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Do not iron.

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mrsmopp Sun 04-Feb-18 11:02:31

Just finished knitting waistcoat for DH and the yarn is 20% wool and 80% acrylic. It's nice but looks a bit crumpled. The label says do no iron. Advice please!
I'm tempted to use a warm iron with a tea towel over it but don't want to ruin it.

Nelliemoser Wed 28-Feb-18 08:05:23

Acrylic fabric and irons can really need up your knitting. Do not steam them whatever you do.

SparklyGrandma Wed 28-Feb-18 03:51:40

miamellor I filled it out!

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Feb-18 18:45:38

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for that miamellor2 - you may not get as many responses as you'd like.

Can you contact Gransnet HQ and they will advise you what to do?


miamellor2 Tue 27-Feb-18 15:27:39

Hi everyone! I am running a survey to collect information on fabric buying patterns for my final year university project. If you have a spare 2 minutes, please could you fill in our questionnaire! Many thanks smile

Jalima1108 Thu 08-Feb-18 23:39:44

Oh! I thought it was a new addition to the family.

I found the old pattern this evening (not as nice as that one) but whether or not I'll ever tackle one is another thought.

mcem Thu 08-Feb-18 20:55:08

That baby celebrates her 40th this year and isn't so chubby now!

Jalima1108 Thu 08-Feb-18 20:53:57

Oh, that sounds quite easy. Well, I just need a baby!

That looks lovely mcem (can I borrow that baby, she looks very nice, I promise to return after a cuddle and when she needs her nappy changed).

mcem Thu 08-Feb-18 20:46:52

jalima you don't even need to purl! It's all knit and wool fwd2tog.

mcem Thu 08-Feb-18 20:44:34

Trying camera. Poor picture- sorry!

mcem Thu 08-Feb-18 20:41:55

Found the shawl pattern online if you want to have a look.
Ebay- Paton's 8008 vintage baby shawl knitting pattern.
There's a square one too but I've always done the circular and used a more complicated square for christening shawls.
Tried to post pic but tablet is not cooperating.

Jalima1108 Thu 08-Feb-18 20:19:58

design and sell, I am impressed again.

Back to my k1 p1, keeps my fingers busy anyway!

Anniebach Thu 08-Feb-18 19:01:31

I use to design and sell knitwear in craft fairs, I always did as Jalima recommends , block then cover with damp towels .

mrsmopp Thu 08-Feb-18 18:14:49

I'm full of admiration mcem for your shawl skills. As my project is finished, could you share a pattern? Not too intricate though!

Jalima1108 Thu 08-Feb-18 17:47:00

Now, if I thought there would be another DGC I might just do that.
But I think it's very unlikely.

I do have a couple of shawl patterns, very old ones courtesy of MIL.

mcem Thu 08-Feb-18 16:45:47

They are remarkably simple but, like Aran jumpers, look impressive.
Fine yarn but big pins! The circular one I make most often is predominantly a very simple, repeating feather and fan pattern over 4 rows - 3 of which are plain knitting.
I've used the same pattern in 3ply.
Have a go!

Jalima1108 Thu 08-Feb-18 10:04:59

2 ply shawls - I am full of admiration!
Perhaps I am too impatient to do that.

mcem Thu 08-Feb-18 07:29:47

Yes she was jalima and the advice was passed on by her equally Scottish mum. Gran did this with the many wool garments she made, although the damp cloth method does work with wool. When acrylic and other synthetics appeared she quickly discovered that they were damaged by steam.
I often knit 2 ply shawls and would never use steam. They need to be gently stretched, pinned and left to try naturally.

Jalima1108 Wed 07-Feb-18 22:57:20

I'm glad it worked mrsmopp and hope your DH is pleased with it.

Jalima1108 Wed 07-Feb-18 22:51:50

Was your mum Scottish mcem? My friend whom I mentioned in my post above who does that is Scottish. I'd never heard of it before she told me.

mcem Wed 07-Feb-18 19:51:56

Never use steam on acrylic mixes!
It'll go floppy and never get back to how it should be.
Lay flat when damp and let it dry naturally. Mum swore by putting a garment (especially baby things)
between two towels and under the rug!

mrsmopp Wed 07-Feb-18 19:21:03

Yes it did work. It made a big difference to the appearance of the garment. It looks smoother, stitches more even. Very pleased with the effect. Will have to spread it on a towel each time irs washed, but that's fine by me. Thanks for such helpful advice.

Jalima1108 Sun 04-Feb-18 19:00:04

I hope it works.
It always looks better after blocking for a couple of days until it's completely dry.

I'm knitting something with wool at the moment and it is curling up as I knit!

mrsmopp Sun 04-Feb-18 18:58:06

Thanks for the tip about blocking. I have done the deed and the garment is resting on a towel in the spare room. I am sure it's going to work. Just got to wait till its dry now. Thanks for the advice! Appreciated.

Jalima1108 Sun 04-Feb-18 16:15:18

My friend lays her finished garment on a cloth, gets in in shape, covers it with another cloth then puts it under their heavy rug for a few days grin

Baggs Sun 04-Feb-18 14:25:28

DD, who's a pro at this, uses foam mats that fit together like jigsaw pieces for this process. I've done it on the carpet a few times.