I finally finished knitting a sleeveless pullover using True Blue Elle, a pure indigo dyed cotton. I’ve done a 3-needle bind off at the shoulders, which leaves the neckline edge and side seams. I used a provisional cast on and plan to add a rolled hem.
I plan to machine wash the sweater and so machine washed my swatches. There was 5% vertical shrinkage and 15% horizontal shrinkage which I allowed for in my calculations.
I’m uncertain how to proceed. I would make sense to machine wash the sweater before adding the neck edge/hem and sewing the side seams to remove any shrinkage. I have ends at the edges that have not been woven in, and I don’t like to do that until after blocking. This makes me nervous about throwing the sweater in the washer.
Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.