How to block a hat?

Hey guys! I’m almost done knitting my very first hat. This’ll also be my first completed project on dpns! :woohoo: I’m just wondering how to block it. I kinda made my own pattern and based the structure of it on the le slouch. It doesn’t have any blocking directions. Also, at the bottom where I had cast on, the edge curls up. I’m wondering if blocking will fix this, or is there something else I need to do to it? Thanks in advance for the help! :slight_smile:

the bottom where I had cast on, the edge curls up. I’m wondering if blocking will fix this

What is the fiber content of the yarn?

I am working on hats for charity and have been blocking them on a large (64 oz), inverted yogurt container.


It says it’s 100% orlon acrylic. The yarns from the 60’s or 70’s, I had inherited a bunch from my grandmother. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it.

Acrylic yarn doesn’t really need blocking. You could wash it, maybe partial dry to spin out more water. Then stuff it w/plastic bags to the shape you want it and let it finish air drying. The large yogurt or similar container is a good idea, too.

Hi! Maybe you could blow up a baloon the size you want, and pull the hat over it to dry? Rubie

Good suggestions. :slight_smile: I guess I’ll probably wash it, then place it over a bowl or something to dry. Should I hand wash it or what? Oh, and I got it off the needles last night! I’m sooo excited! But yeah, thanks again to everyone for the suggestions!:grphug: I’ll be sure to post a pic for all to see in the FOB section once it’s done!

OK, am I the only person who blocks hats on my head?

Don’t answer that.

Being acrylic really isn’t intended to be blocked, per se, I would machine wash/dry it but perhaps take it out while a bit damp and then place it on your bowl if you want to try for some kind of blocking. Most acrylics are coated with chems in the mfg process and need a sturdy wash/dry to remove those and start the softening process. I don’t think you’ll notice that effect with a gentle hand wash and air dry.


Okie doke. I’ll machine wash it then! Thanks for the advice!! :slight_smile: