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blocked and unblocked hairpin lace
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Date: 3/29/12 5:43 PM

I have taught myself to crochet and have always seen in the patterns that so many stitches are so many inches. However, I recently have come across hairpin lace. The directions say that lace strips are extremely stretchy and blocked gauge is different than unblocked gauge. 17 loops each side is 4" blocked and 26 loops each side is 4" in unblocked lace. What is blocked and unblocked?
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Date: 3/29/12 10:08 PM

Blocking is when (generally speaking) you dampen the knitting/crochet and then stretch it out. You pin it in place (stretched out) and it dries that way. This will open up the lace work. Before blocking, it will look pretty crinkled and not very lacey. After blocking - well, it's kind of a miracle.

Here is a link (if I do it right!) to a thread of "not blocked and then blocked" items on Ravelry. I love these pictures. BTW - once in that thread, in the upper left, click on the number (right now it's over 5,000) next to the little screen looking thing. That will just display the images in the thread so you don't have to read all the chitchat and can just look at the pictures.

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Date: 4/4/12 3:08 PM

Ok, thank you. I was wondering if it had something to do with once it was finished and set into a final position type of thing. Only question I have is so then when I wash it after wearing do I need to block it again? That would be a pain every time. Do they apply something to lacey work during wetting and blocking to keep its look if the garment is washed in the future? Thanks for the site. I haven't went on it to look through it yet. The link took me to the sign in page. I have been quite busy with helping my daughters in all their studing for tests and speech. I think even though summer seems busy it may be less busy than what it has been now and i will have time to do my projects.
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Date: 4/6/12 9:22 PM

You will have to reblock if you wash the item and it is wool/mostly wool. If you are using an acrylic the answer might be different.

I know what you mean about bust! Right now, I am not but I have been there.

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Date: 4/6/12 9:40 PM

I find hairpin lace has a LOT of give, so it can be hard to figure gauge. It is very forgiving. When it is attached, how it drapes can affect fit somewhat because the loops can drape down, or be pulled to the side.

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In reply to JEF

Date: 4/10/12 9:25 AM

thank you. I was afraid that would be your answer.
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Date: 4/10/12 9:30 AM

Thank you that is good to know. The pattern did say it had some give but I wasn't sure how much since I have never done hairpin lace. I played around with it for an hour the other day and it is so easy. I can't wait for school to be done. I have so many projects I would like to do.
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