Friday, May 6, 2011
This morning I woke up with the conviction that I was going to rip out this blanket and start again. I had convinced myself that this blanket was coming out too small and had decided that I would spread it out, make a photo and then start unraveling.
But when I spread it out, without stretching or tugging to distort it, the blanket measures 28" on the width. And I'm lead to believe that the yarn relaxes and blooms in the first wash, so I expect the blanket will grow to about 32" wide. Maybe more; some Ravelers report that their finished items end up "scary huge". It's possible that after machine washing, tumble drying until just damp, and then blocking, that the blanket will be more like 34 to 36"wide.
It's tough, isn't it, the not knowing part? But the only way to be absolutely sure is to try it, so that's what I'm going to do. One thing's certain: I'm going to measure and record the dimensions in my Project notes on Ravelry before washing, after washing and after drying. After all, maybe someone else can benefit from my experience.