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How to Block Silk Yarn Projects

As you lovingly knit up your luscious skeins of silk yarn, are you wondering how to block your project? We bring you excellent tips on blocking silk yarn projects from expert knitter Sanhita Kar.

How to block silk

How to block silk

As a prolific user of the lovely silk yarn from Silkindian, a question that I get asked most frequently is how to block silk. Knitters, especially first time users of silk yarn, always want to know if I block my projects at all and how I do it. I have knit and crocheted many, many glorious scarves and shawls with these gorgeous yarns and thought I could share with you all my experience with blocking silk yarn projects.

Silk, as we know, is one of the strongest natural fibres but loses up to 20% of its strength when wet. Its elasticity is moderate to poor. It can be weakened if exposed to too much sunlight.

From these facts you get the following rules to follow while working with silk:

  • You have to handle wet silk with lots of respect and care
  • While blocking, you cannot stretch it as much as you’d love to lest it breaks
  • If stretched the yarn might get weakened or the fibre might get damaged
  • You should not dry the silk projects in direct sunlight
Unblocked silk stole just off the needles

Unblocked silk stole just off the needles

So for blocking, instead of dipping the entire project into water, spread it on the blocking surface and spray it lightly with water. Before you do that, weave the blocking wire through the straight edge/edges, so that once wet, the silk need not be handled extensively. Also, ensure that the blocking wire is woven through the gaps between stitches and does not pierce the yarn.

Blocking wire woven through the edge and pins put in place

Blocking wire woven through the edge and pins put in place

Now gently smoothen and spread the project out, gently tugging here and there, stretching it a little bit if necessary and pinning it down in place with blocking pins.

The Shorter edges of the stole with pins

The Shorter edges of the stole with pins

Take care that the pins do not pierce the yarn (although fine pins may not really cause too much damage). If needed, spray a little more water in dry patches.

Stole spread out, drying, see how the stitch definition has become clear.

Stole spread out, drying, see how the stitch definition has become clear.

Once it is spread out and pinned in the desired shape and size, let it dry on its own. You can switch on the fan if necessary.

This is how the Stole looks once dry.

This is how the Stole looks once dry.

Once it dries completely, take out the pins and the blocking wires carefully and you are done – your project is ready to be used with a smile on your face.

Enjoy the beauty of a silk Stole

Enjoy the beauty of a silk Stole

Photos: Courtesy Sanhita Kar

Knitting with Silk, Silk Yarn

Recycled Sari Silk Yarn from Silkindian

Looking for some exotic yarn to make something delightful? Your best bet is to try our sari silk yarn. With the simplest of patterns, you will be able to work up something with a rich texture and palette. Besides, this yarn is recycled making it all the more eco-friendly.

At Silkindian, we offer you recycled sari silk yarn of the highest quality – lush, vivid and intense. But first, let me walk you through how our sari silk yarn is produced.

How recycled sari silk yarn is produced at silkindian

Ever wonder why this yarn is called sari silk? That’s because it is recycled from the waste collected during silk sari production. Silk saris are a big thing in South India.

So we collect all the warp from the selvedges and other color waste. These are then mixed and thoroughly cleaned to remove any dust or foreign particles. What we are left with is luscious silk fiber in a variety of colors.

The fiber is then sorted, teased and finally hand spun by our traditional spinners using either a charka or a takli. The yarn is then wound into skeins or balls weighing 100gm (about 80 yards). Since there’s no dye lot, every hank is a unique mixture of vivid colors. Couple that with natural variations in thickness of the yarn, and you have the perfect material to create something unique.

More:

Take a look at our sari silk yarn

See our Duke silk yarn

Recycled silk

Tips for Knitting with Silk Yarn

For a long time I thought knitting only meant using wool. When I discovered silk, I was completely swept away by its beauty and luster but there was this lingering doubt about how I would knit up such soft and luxurious yarn. I have since learned that you don’t really need any new skills to knit with silk. If you can knit with wool, then you are good to go with silk.

That said, here are a few tips that would help a knitter just starting out to work with silk.

Choosing silk yarn

Silk, just like any other knitting yarn, is available in different weights and yardage – fingering, lace weight, sport or heavy. Make sure you pick the right kind for your project. This will largely determine the drape of your finished object and also how warm or cool you want it to be.

Choosing the needles you want to work with

Silk yarn can be slippery with stitches quite ready to jump off your needles if you aren’t careful. This is why some knitters use wooden, bamboo or coated needles to knit silk yarn. But if you are going to use one of these needles, remember that stitches may not slip off readily even when you want them to and slow you down some. It all boils down to what needles you are used to, really. So the best thing is to try different needles and zero in on what works best for you.

Choosing the pattern

If you’ve picked a pattern that requires you to knit with silk yarn, that’s one thing. But if you bought silk yarn because you fell in love with it and are now trying to find a suitable pattern for it, then be sure to pick one that will bring out your yarn in all its glory!

With silk, remember that you want the sheen of the yarn to show through. Complicated stitches and, sometimes, even lace will not allow this. So make a swatch with the main pattern stitch to get an idea of how it will look made in silk. If you can’t really see your silk shine, add some rows or blocks of plain stockinette or garter stitch.

Make a swatch

The importance of making a swatch, whatever yarn, pattern or needles you may want to use, cannot be emphasized enough. It’s no different with silk yarn. Make a swatch large enough for you to be able to determine the gauge of your knit and get a feel for what the finished object will look like.

Those were some of the things I could think of. Any more tips out there? Do leave a comment to share with us. Happy knitting!

Knitting with Silk

Top 5 Reasons to Knit with Duke Silk Yarn

Have you gifted yourself the pleasure of knitting with Duke silk yarn yet, because pleasure it certainly is. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why you must get knitting with this beautiful spun silk yarn.

Duke silk is delicious to knit with

A skein of luscious blue duke silk yarn

This yarn is smooth, silky, wholesome and simply luscious. It feels good to even just hold in your hand. So the entire process of knitting with it, from casting on to binding off, is just delicious. You will love the feel of working with this delightful and luxurious yarn.

Your knitting looks great

Whatever you decide to make with this yarn, be it a scarf or a shawl or a cardigan, your finished object is bound to bowl anyone over. Not only does the yarn have a beautiful sheen, the stitches don’t become fuzzy. In fact, its stitch definition is simply superb. You will have a finished object with every stitch doing you proud.

Fantastic colors

A skein of duke silk dyed in 12 different colors

The most outstanding thing about duke silk is the impressive range of colors. You will be spoilt for choice. From solids to wildly variegated, every imaginable hue is on the shade card. Go all pastel, dabble in a bit of summer or try exotic and pick peacock (oh yes, there’s stuff like that, too). You can pick from a wide range of colors or even have the silk specially dyed to suit your unique tastes.

Best suited for some of your projects

With its beautiful luster and sheen and a fine drape, this yarn is perfectly suited for some of your projects. Shawls and scarves are an obvious choice. Tops and other garments worn close to the skin can also be fashioned out of this soft and luxurious yarn. It is completely non-itchy and has a great feel.

Feel warm, feel cool and feel good

Silk is endowed with natural heat-regulating properties – this means it has the capacity to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. So you can use it to knit up stuff that will keep you warm in the winter without being bulky and make cool and airy things for the summer.

Aren’t those enough reasons to start knitting with duke silk? Now head over to the shade card and get busy picking your colors. And be sure to share pictures of your beautiful finished objects with us.

More:

Take a look at our Duke silk yarn.

Get tips on knitting with silk yarn.

Knitting with Silk, Silk Yarn