Hello, I was wondering if and how fellow knitters blocked their work? I have read various methods of doing this and in the past I have tried completely submerging the garment in water, (gently hand washing and rinsing) and pinning out to size to dry. I have also tried just dampening the garment and pinning out. I haven’t tried steaming (no contact with iron!) as reluctant to try this due to the heat. A friend doesn’t bother to block her work but I think it makes the garment look more professional. Do you block your work and what is your preferred method? Thank you.
I simply wash because I want all extra chemicals and dye washed away from the yarn. Then I am laying the garment flat to dry, without pinning or doing anything extra. I do not care enough to do more of blocking than that.
I agree blocked items do look better but I rarely bother! I guess I don’t consider it because most stuff I make either doesn’t need it or would soon look the same as if I hadn’t - I make mostly toys/soft sculptures, hats, gloves and socks.
The stuff I have blocked, I pinned out on a towel, spritzed with water to dampen it and left to dry.
I used to pin and spritz but lately I’m washing in a no-rinse like Euclan and pinning out. It does even out and set the sts. It works magic for lace.
Thank you, I am going to rinse and pin out. I’ll take before and after photos
It really does even out the sts and make the pattern stand out. Lovely!
You worked the fair isle perfectly, not a pucker to be seen!
Im blocking for 1st time this weekend. Forest paths hap by knitography…2 of them. I will let u know how i get on. One lady uses towel to squeeze water out then blocks and leaves on car bonnet to dry quickly. This is what Im trying
I see the board you use for blocking and it’s brilliant.
I wash in Woolite and a touch of downy fabric softener. It makes it easier to put in position, especially if some of my edges roll. Since I’m doing a coat that is piece work it makes it so much easier to join the pieces
I just use pins on a slant.
It’s an extra step and it’s worth it for the final finish.
Lovely work! I usually wash and wet block flat items using no-rinse Euclan. I let the item rest for a few minutes in the water to be sure the yarn is totally soaked through. Gently squeeze and then wrap in towel and apply pressure. I use blocking squares like yours, and pin if the item needs it - lacework, rolled edges, or maybe the teensiest bit too small . I think it makes a big difference in the finished look. Plus I love the way wet wool smells. I haven’t tried spritzing or steaming but could see that those methods have their uses.
I hand block my work. If I think it requires ironing, steam pressing…I use a pressing cloth over it.
What do you mean by ‘hand block’?
Thank you, I have only just heard of Euclan from Salmonac. I am tempted to get some.
Thanks, it does make a difference to the end result. Recently I took back a jumper I’d knitted for my daughter-in-law to block it!
I hope you were successful in your blocking technique, sounds a good idea on a car bonnet! I also use towels to roll the garment in and press the water out.
A fabulous knitter I know doesn’t block her work, but she usually knits children’s items. it’s a personal choice. Thanks.