What Is Blocking?
Blocking – something I should do more often.
I am sure that I am not the only one who needs a little more blocking in her life – right? Today’s post I will go over the basics of blocking, why it’s important and why I am hoping to do this more in knitting and crocheting future.
Blocking is something that takes your work up a notch and makes it look less sloppy. Ever knit or crochet something flat and it curls inward? Blocking will fix that. If something looks lopsided even though you know it isn’t – blocking will fix it. It’s like magic, right?
How To Block
From my knowledge, I believe there are two ways of blocking – wet and steam. My preferred method is steaming, but I will explain both for you!
Wet – Immerse your project in cool water, ring it out and stretch it out completely tight using your pins and your flat surface. Keep your piece on this board until it is completely dry
Steam – First, pin your piece to the blocking board. Once your steamer is ready, GENTLY go over your work being careful that the steamer does not touch the yarn. If you are worried, put a towel on top of your work and steam through that.
One of the reasons I don’t block is because I don’t have a blocking board. Come onnn that’s not an excuse because I can DIY my own blocking board. Here’s all you need – a flat surface that you can pin your work on. If you’re blocking something small it can be a towel that you lay on the floor or a table. It can be an ironing board. I prefer T pins, but you can use pushpins if that’s all you have.
Another reason I never did it is because if I am making something I am so excited to wear it and use it that I don’t have time to block it!