Wet blocking is a finishing step recommended for most handknit items & is often used in crochet patterns. Blocking tremendously improves the finished look of the stitches & seams, as well as the overall finished garment appearance. It also ensures proper shape & measurements after washing, as some fibers tend to stretch or shrink. You might want to block a sample swatch before working on any garment pattern to check if there are any major changes after blocking, which would help you to calculate ease or to make necessary adjustments.
- Blocking board or interlocking play mat
- Rust-resistant blocking pins (optional, depending on the project)
- Cotton Bath Towel – 1 or 2
- Utility sink or laundry tub
STEP 1: Soak your knit or crochet item in warm water using a laundry tub or utility sink. Soap is not required for blocking, but a small amount of wool wash is beneficial for 100% wool items.
Hot Water Caution!
- Wool fibers will shrink or felt at high temperature
- Cotton fibers will shrink at high temperature
- Acrylic fibers will lose elasticity at high temperature
STEP 2: Drain the sink & gently squeeze the excess moisture out by pressing the item against the sink edges.
STEP 3: Depending on the size of the item, lay 1 or 2 bath towels onto the blocking board (or interlocking play mat). Then, carefully lift the wet item out of the sink without stretching it by its own weight & lay it flat onto the towel surface. Roll the item in the towel to absorb moisture.
STEP 4: Remove towels & spread out the item on the blocking board, shaping it to the specified measurements.
STEP 5: Optional – Secure the item around the edges using rust-resistant blocking pins.
NOTE: Some lace items may require using blocking wires.
STEP 6: Rotate & flip the item periodically to ensure even drying.
All done! You can also check our “Spray Blocking” article for additional information about blocking techniques.
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