Here’s a picture of the completed Clue 8 square. This was a fun one wasn’t it?
This is the week you’ve been looking forward to for so long. At last you’ll get to see how all your hard work is going to come together. I know you’re eager to get at it but before we start seaming, let’s block our squares if you haven’t already.
For those of you who don't need any guidance for blocking or seaming, here's the download for the assembly diagram. Make sure you come back next week for the Afghan border pattern.
Someone mentioned on the blog that it isn’t necessary to block acrylic yarn; however blocking certainly does improve the look of your squares and makes them more even in size.
Numerous ways to block have been talked about, including steaming. Be careful when steaming acrylic yarn! If you’re using your steam iron don’t let it touch the squares or you may end up with a gooey mess on the bottom of your iron, not to mention a ruined square.
My preferred method for acrylic yarn is to cold block. Pin out the square to the measurements specified and spray with water or cover with a damp cloth and let it dry. If you’re using a cardboard backing or template, you can always cover it with plastic wrap so it won’t get wet.
Once your squares are blocked and dry, you can begin putting them together.
There are lots of ways to seam squares together – way too many to cover here. So we’re going to show you our way. We call it flat seaming and it’s great for this afghan because everything is done with right sides facing – makes it easy to match stripes, etc. and there are no ugly surprises. Just be sure to match your rows/stitches and take fairly small stitches and you’ll be fine. I used to hate seaming until I learned this method; now, seaming is one of my favorite things to do (at least I don’t hate/dread it anymore) and I’m proud of the finished look – so professional! You may need to use different colors to match different sections but using this method most of the stitches disappear into the work so you don’t have little contrast stitch marks showing through your work between the squares.
Bringing yarn up through the left square
Bringing yarn up through the right square
Seam before tightening
Seaming Side Edges - left
Seaming Side Edges - right
Blocking should have taken care of most of your problems with sizing but if the edges of your squares don’t match up perfectly because you had to add stitches or rows, you may need to skip a stitch on one square or work several times through the same stitch to make them match.
Skipping a stitch on the right-hand square
Working twice through the same stitch
Have a wonderful time assembling your new afghan. Next week I’ll be back to show you how to work the edging.