Blocking

Blocking

 

 

 

 

 

Blocking

Some people do, some don't!
Personally I always block my work.
Firstly it makes it much easier to join pieces together when they are all neat and the edges are straight.
Secondly it gives your work a far more professional and finished look.
When you have spent, often, many hours working on an amazing piece of crochet you want it to look as good as it can.

I liken it to having a pair of linen trousers.... you wash them so they are clean, but do you just pull them on and go out?
Or do you iron them, and even starch them, so that they are crisp and fresh and the fabric looks awesome?
It's the same with your crochet!
You only need to block your work once, it will then hold the shape as long as you take care when washing and drying.

So here's how I do it.....

Firstly you need something to block your work on, and a ruler or tape measure to make sure it is blocked evenly. You also need pins that will not rust, you don't want to spoil all your hard work with nasty little rust marks.

block1

If you are blocking a piece of work with "normal" stitches, you will not want to over stretch it, just even it out and square up the kinks.
If however you are blocking a piece with a lot of open work and chain stitches, then you will need to stretch it out to "open up" the stitches.

So lets start with a basic square.
Starting in the corners, pin and measure your block so that all sides are the same size.
Then working one side at a time, place pins at regular intervals to hold the block securely.
I use a ruler to make sure the edges stay straight.

block2

 

block square

Now you can either spray with water or use steam.
If you are going to use a normal steam iron make sure you DO NOT touch your work, as it will flatten it and can even "kill" some yarns, leaving them totally lifeless 🙁

If you are blocking a finished piece, then you can wash it first and then block it. Sometimes having the piece damp helps to ease it into shape.

With more open work, like my "Bloomin Blanket" you have to get a bit more physical.
Here you can see the amount of stretch applied to bring the corners out to the required 16 inches. You may even need to weigh the sides of your blocking mats down to stop it curling up and maintain the stretch needed!

block open work

"I Love Butter-cup" Square from "Bloomin Blanket"

But just look at the difference before and after blocking.

blocking

"Bloomin Plain Square"

Always be proud of your work and make it look as awesome as you can.

I am always here to help or answer any questions.

Love Helen... Happy hooking 🙂

5 Responses

  1. I found your web site thru Ravelry when I seen your star crossed block, very beautiful by the way…. My question is when doing large all in one blanket (not with squares), do you block them too an if so how and where would you do it. I made a 56 by 56 C2C granny stitch lap blanket for a Christmas gift for a close friend and dont know how or where I would block something this big

    • Helen Helen

      Hi , it depends… if it needs blocking then I do, normally I wash when finished and pin out to dry flat on blocking mats 🙂

  2. I’ve been blocking my knitting recently and I love the transformation. It’s been quite simple to do as I’ve been using wool, so I just wet it, roll it in a towel to absorb most of the moisture and pin it out. I’ve got some crochet squares in acrylic that I’d like to try blocking, but feel really nervous about it as I assume I’m going to have to use steam.

    • Helen

      Hi Shelagh
      No you can use water for acrylic, I always do, it’s much easier and will give you great results. 🙂

      • Thanks 🙂 You don’t see a lot of information about blocking acrylic at all, so that’s good to know 🙂

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