FO Friday: Pumpking

Today's post was going to be in conjunction with yesterday's, and talk about tension, but instead we should talk about the wonders of blocking.


Today's F.O. is a pumpkin dishcloth!

Pumpking by Teresa Gregorio (from the Knit Picks Website)

Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Hot Orange, and Brown
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Started: October 15, 2016
Finished: October 18, 2016

After I finished it, it curled so much I could sew it together and have a ball, and I thought it might be due to two things.  The first was tension.  I was using US 5 (3.75 mm) with worsted weight yarn, when the recommended needle size is US 8 (5.00 mm). I thought my tension, as well as using small needles with a thicker yarn was making it curl, but others on Ravelry made theirs with Sugar 'n Cream and US 5s and theirs came out flat.  

The second was a fault with the pattern, and that it would not lie flat since the side sections are not longer than the middle section, so it curls up because there's not enough stitches.  But after dunking it in water (no spritz bottles, it needed a full dunk!) and pinning and blocking it out, it now lies flat!  

So no matter the tension or the pattern, we got it to work.  

Thank goodness for blocking!

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