I’ve been looking for information online about washing and shrinking my denim knit. Specifically, can I shrink it after it has been seamed, or do I have to shrink the pieces first, then seam? The info I found online was conflicting — some said wash first, some said seam first.
So I did the only thing that any rational knitter could. I approached the Oracle of Denim and posed my question. Because my sweater is a drop shoulder with no armhole, I’ want to attach my sleeves by picking up stitches along the body of the sweater and doing a three-needle bind-off.
Kay confirmed for me what I was hoping for — I can seam the sweater, then wash it. This information came to her from the production manager of Artwork, the British company that marketed handknit denim sweaters world-wide, said company run by Jane and Patrick Gottelier, authors of Indigo Knits, the most fabulous book on knitting with denim yarn.
Kay also told me that if seaming apres wash, there is no need to pre-wash the yarn used for seaming. A handy bit of information, that.
Here is my first attempt at photographing my knitting today:
“I was helping.”