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storiesr Posted - 09/30/2013 : 4:40:58 PM
So I just finished the Surefire hat by Susan. B Anderson.

I added some stranded color work and now have a blocking question
Do I block before I attach the lining?
Do I add the ties after blocking and before lining..
Any other hints or input?


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eldergirl Posted - 10/01/2013 : 05:04:47 AM
What a cute hat! Well done! Here is what I would do:

You could knit the lining, don't attach it, and block both side by side. That way you could measure them both and be confident when you sew them together that they will fit--the lining needs to be a teeeency bit smaller to fit inside the hat.

Then knit your ties and whatever, and sew them up.. To finish the hat nicely, I would then "steam from above"---my word for sending steam down onto the areas you want to neaten, e.g. the seam around the bottom of the hat, but don't press with the iron. Use your fingers, or a small block of wood to press and even lightly pound the seam to make it stay neat. Steam the ties lightly, and pull them softly, or pat them, whatever they need to lie nicely.

Let the steamed had dry flat for a day or two--with the color work, there is lots of wool to dry out!.

You will be glad you took good care of the finishing, I think. (Thus speaks an old dressmaker/tailor!)

Good luck!


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