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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP

Postby Knittenkitten » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:53 pm

The only thing that I know of would possibly be blocking each piece. Basically get each piece damp and pin it into the shape that you want. Not sure if you would want to do that with the amount of squares you have though.
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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP

Postby TigerLily » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:42 am

What type of yarn did you use? If it's acrylic, blocking might be a bit more difficult. If it's wool-based, blocking is probably your best bet.

If it is acrylic, something I do is this (not sure how recommended by others it would be) :
I put a thick towel or ironing mat on the counter, place a square on the towel and then another towel (Or fold the towel over) on top of the square.
Then I take a heated iron and gently place it on top of the towel where the square is for around 5-10 seconds.

The problem with this method is the reason it works. Acryclic yarn loses a bit of it's flex when put under heat. The heat kind of forces it into place. If you want to try this, do a test square first. Even make a new one specifically for testing if you have yarn left over. Definitely do the test though if you're thinking of trying it. You need to check how it looks and how it feels afterwards. Some yarns will lose their softness doing this.

An added benefit is that it's quicker than blocking since you don't need to wait for them to dry. I used this method when making a 'Paul McCartney Granny Square Vest' for the 190 squares or so I had made. But it is only worth it if it works exactly how you want it to.

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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP

Postby Aridesh » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:39 am

I used an acrylic and wool blend. 70% acrylic, 30% wool. Would the best bet for that be the ironing method? Or could it be blocked?
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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP

Postby TigerLily » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:09 am

Aridesh wrote:I used an acrylic and wool blend. 70% acrylic, 30% wool. Would the best bet for that be the ironing method? Or could it be blocked?

Your safest bet would probably be to try to block the squares then. That way you don't run the risk of hurting any of your pretty squares. :)

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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP

Postby Lalina » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:03 pm

I've made a few blankets (some with granny squares some with blocks of sc stitches) and I've found that the squares with fix themselves once you have attached them on all sides. My favourite method is slip-stitching squares together like knitten kitten mentioned. It does create a ridge at the back but I still love it. If I don't want a ridge I will simply whip stitch everything together.

There are a few tutorials on various attaching methods here: http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/201 ... uares.html

Tutorials 2,3,5 and 6 would all work for your piece (you have to click on the links for directions). They also include handy images so that you can have an idea of how your piece will turn out (for example you can see how using an invisible stich will skew things a little but turn out pretty nicely in the end).

It is not necessary to block your squares beforhand. I am currently working on a moogle blanket. I think I would stab someone if I had to block the 300+ squares I was making.
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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP

Postby Siva » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:59 am

I cant wait to see the finished blanket, I'm so jealous!! I really wanted to make this, but after 2 granny squares I gave up. Crocheting and knitting apparently aren't my thing.

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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP - On Hiatus

Postby Aridesh » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:21 pm

I am sort of working on this again... I restarted. I am making it all one piece, rather than many squares. It will take a long time. I have a 4 month old now, and he likes to occupy my former craft time (but I'm pretty okay with it because he's cute!), but it will be done eventually. I'll post WIPs if they're wanted, but they may be scarce!
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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP - On Hiatus

Postby TigerLily » Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:30 am

Oh no, I'm sorry that you had to start over. If you are able to find the time to post WIPs, I know I would love to see your progress.

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Re: Companion Cube Crochet Blanket WIP - On Hiatus

Postby Firehawke » Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:14 am

Good luck!!! Working on blankets always seems to be more time consuming that one would think, especially with a little helper!
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