Knitting & Crafing: How to Block Your Knitting and Crochet Projects?

What is Blocking

When hand crocheting or knitting, the process of tagging and pulling of yarn, leaves your project a little out of shape. Blocking is the process of aligning your project, so that it gets into its best final shape.

You only have to block once when you have completed your project, the shape will be maintained even after multiple washes.

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Why Block Your Work

You can skip the blocking process of your project, but blocking will help your item to pop out by loosening the tension, opening up lace stitches and bringing out the detailing in stitches.

It also brings up the shape of your item and improves the drape and softness of your project.

When to Block Your Project

It is best to block your work once it is complete however; if you are working with squares, it is best to block individual blocks together before sewing them together.

There are three way which you can block your wool projects and are described below:

1. Wet Blocking:

This is the most common way to block knitting or crochet project.

Supplies

  1. Blocking Board – You will need a surface where you can pin down your project such as a mattress, foam board, yoga mat etc., or purchase a blocking board, which you can find at most crafting stores.
  2. Sewing pins – You can purchase these from any crafting store used to pin down the project.
  3. A bucket or use the bath tub
  4. A towel

The process

  1. Immerse your item fully in lukewarm water and wait for 15 minutes. You can add a detergent for cleaning but it is not necessary.
  2. Remove your item from the water, do not wring or squeeze, roll it onto the towel to soak out as much of excessive water as you can.
  3. Lay the project on the blocking surface and pin down to the desired final shape.
  4. Wait until it is completely dry, this may take a while even days depending on the weather but have patience. This is important so that the item retains the shape that you desire.
  5. Remove the pin and your item is ready for use.

1. Spray Blocking

Supplies

  1. Blocking Board – You will need a surface where you can pin down your project such as a mattress, foam board, yoga mat etc., or purchase a blocking board, which you can find at most crafting stores.
  2. Sewing pins – You can purchase these from any crafting store used to pin down the project.
  3. A spray bottle

Process

  1. Lay your project on the blocking surface and pin down to the desired final shape.
  2. Put some water in a spray bottle and spay evenly over you project making sure it is completely moist. Repeat the process as much as it is necessary.
  3. Leave the project to dry completely and before remove pins, your project is ready for use.

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3. Steam Blocking

Steam blocking is when you use steam to block your work. You can use a steamer or an iron with steam functionality.

Supplies

  1. Blocking Board – You will need a surface where you can pin down your project such as a mattress, foam board, yoga mat etc. or purchase a blocking board, which you can find at most crafting stores.
  2. Sewing pins – You can purchase these from any crafting store used to pin down the project.
  3. A bucket or use the bath tub
  4. A towel
  5. Steaming cloth such as a bed sheet
  6. A steamer of an iron with steaming functionality.

Process

  1. Set your iron to steaming, the lowest temperature possible.
  2. Immerse your item fully in lukewarm water and wait for 15 minutes. You can add a detergent for cleaning but it is not necessary.
  3. Remove your item from the water, do not wring or squeeze, roll it onto the towel to soak out as much of the excessive water as you can.
  4. Lay the project on the blocking surface and pin down to the desired final shape.
  5. Lay a steaming fabric on top of your item and lightly press the iron on top of the fabric to steam or use the steamer. Do not press down or for too long as it may damage your fabric.
  6. For lighter fabrics, remove the steaming cloth and allow to dry before removing pins. For heavier fabric, leave the steaming cloth on top and allow drying before removing pins.

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