Neatening floats

If you have a mass of lengthy floats, you can do one of two things: add a lining or secure the floats. Lining is best used for wall-hangings and other decorative projects, and for tailored knitwear. Never line knitwear if you want to preserve the elastic moulding qualities of the fabric.

To secure the floats (Fig 8): • Work a vertical running stitch, catching the back of the st on every 2nd row. If worried about the stitching showing on the right side, insert needle through yarn instead of lifting the whole stitch-head. Repeat at about lin (2.5cm) intervals. An alternative is to work lines of slip-stitch crochet at similar intervals. If the original yarn is thick, use finer yarn matching the main colour.

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Blocking is another step to ensuring the best-looking finish for your knitwear. Blocking gives a permanent 'set' to knitting. There are two steps to blocking: dampening and shaping. Using cold-water spray works for all fabrics, even flat ones that are sometimes left unblocked - it improves the nature of the fabric.

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