Do you block everything?

I recently read an article/blog about someone blocking everything.

I was just curious to know what you block and what kind of yarn do you do more or less blocking with?

Ps. I’ve never blocked anything (intentionally) so this is a newbie question. :wink:


Most fibers (other than acrylic type yarns) benefit from blocking, but it isn’t always necessary.

I’ve mainly knit with acrylics, but have now moved to wool and wool blends…I guess it’ll depend on the pattern and what I’m making then.

Even with wool, I don’t always like the blocked effect, seems to flatten them out. I like using larger needles than any pattern ever uses and that opens up lace knitting similar to blocking.

I don’t tend to block anything. I blocked a scarf and hat once and didn’t like at all how it looked so haven’t blocked since then.

I don’t block synthetics because there’s really no point. I do usually block other items, but especially when it’s lace, to “open up” the pattern, if the item doesn’t lay flat, and if it will make seaming easier.

I do when I think it could use some straightening up a bit, esp. if there are YO or something like that.

Usually my way of “blocking” is to wash it on delicate in the washing machine and then dry it flat.

I am obsessive-compulsive about blocking certain things. I knit with a lot of wool, alpaca, and sometimes mohair. I find that those fibers really “bloom” and look lovely after blocking.

Also I love to do stranded colorwork and lace (I’ve only ever used wool and/or alpaca for this type of knitting). Blocking really evens out colorwork and it makes lace look beautiful and shapely.

However, when I make acrylic baby items, I don’t really see the need for it unless I’ve accidentally sat on it or mushed it up inside my knitting bag!

I block most natural fibers, especially if something just isn’t hanging just right. And I’ve found that there is nothing better for acrylics than a trip to the washer and dryer.

Thanks for all the responses! It’s good to know that blocking isn’t necessarily a MUST. :wink:

also knitted (and crochet) doilies look much better if you block them out. Matter of using a piece of bulletin board/foam/cork and lots of straight pins. Wet, wring, then put on board, pull out from center and pin from center out. Let dry (give a spritz of spray starch). It just makes the details pop. If it is pressed with an iron, it loses all the detail and is flattened out. :knitting:

For years it seemed that most of the things I knit, the final instructions on the pattern were, “Do not block”. I think that is because the yarns suggested were mostly acrylic. Blocking is nice and most things can benefit from a little blocking, but it depends what you mean by blocking. I don’t suggest ironing or heat treating everything. A lot of projects look fine without blocking of any kind but even they look a little better as some have said after washing and drying, or laying flat to dry. I rarely pin anything out.

As someone said lace needs it, at least in some fibers. I made a cashmere lace scarf once and it looked pretty awful before blocking, but beautiful afterward. I usually just wet block when I do it. Wet, or wash the item and flatten it out, pin it as needed (with the scarf I even used blocking wires).

I have seen even an acrylic baby sweater look a little better after being wet (you can spray too) and flattened and left to dry.

So do it if you want, but don’t feel that you are a failure as a person if you don’t block. :slight_smile:

Thanks! I was just curious to know whether I was missing the “final” step in things or not. It seems like, Not. yay!

I used to but it’s just a waste of time. Nothing ever stays put after I take those pins out. I spray and I steam and I get nowhere. I dont know how I can do anything in stockinette stitch when blocking doesn’t work.

Heather-have you ever tried wet blocking? Sometimes that’s the only way I can make it work.

I will say that blocking doesn’t make stockinette not curl, at least not in my experience. The only way I can do that is by adding a border. But when I’m making lace, it never looks very good until I block it.

If your fiber is acrylic, it doesn’t block.