I can hardly believe that we’ve come to the end of our journey. It’s been a blast getting to know all of you and I can hardly wait to see how your afghans turned out! Here’s our finished afghan.
I promised you some finishing tips last week to make your work look more professional. Finishing is all about the little details that show you took the time and made the effort to set your project apart from others. Blocking of course is one of them – it evens out your stitches, squares up your corners, etc. Neat seams are extremely important. Darning in ends so they don’t poke their nasty little heads out when least expected is another. I usually leave a fairly long tail so I can use it to seam pieces together later, especially when making a garment. That way you can accomplish two goals at once – seaming and anchoring that pesky tail. Whenever it’s possible try to darn ends into a seam. In the case of our flat seam there really isn’t any ridge on the wrong side to darn them into but you can do it this way.
Working diagonally tends to hide the ends better than working straight across or up and down, especially when the tail is not at the edge of the work.
If an item is very lacy you may need to follow the stitches to hide the end. I’ve used contrast yarn in the photo so you can see the path I took to darn in the end.
It’s a good idea to double back and draw the yarn through itself to anchor it firmly. If you work over the tails it’s still a good idea to do this also.
Once your end is darned in to your satisfaction, give it a slight tug, trim it then pull back into shape. Your end should disappear neatly into the stitches.
If you really want to secure those ends, use a matching sewing or embroidery thread to anchor them. There’s no way those little rascals will pop out now!
Finally – almost any project can benefit from a light steaming (don’t let the iron touch the project) to help flatten the seams and freshen it up.
Sadly, it’s time for me to say good-bye for now. I’ve really enjoyed our time together and I hope that all of you have had fun and maybe learned a few new tricks from this great group of bloggers. The blog will return to its regular programming – we’ll be showing off some great knit and crochet projects using the latest yarns and patterns.
Remember – we’re eager to see your photos of your finished afghans – send in your photos and contest entries at email@example.com. We’ll be uploading all of your afghan photos to our flickr account. Take a look and nominate your favorites the People’s Choice awards.
Stay tuned for the official announcement of our next Knit and Crochet-Along in your email in January. We’ll be changing gears and making baby blankets for charity. We listened to your suggestions and we have some great improvements to the discussion forum.