Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects

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.

TOOLS REQUIRED:  

  1. Blocking board or interlocking play mat
  2. Rust-resistant blocking pins (optional, depending on the project)
  3. Cotton Bath Towel – 1 or 2
  4. 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

Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects

STEP 2: Drain the sink & gently squeeze the excess moisture out by pressing the item against the sink edges.

Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects

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.

Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects

STEP 4: Remove towels & spread out the item on the blocking board, shaping it to the specified measurements.

Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects

STEP 5: Optional – Secure the item around the edges using rust-resistant blocking pins.

NOTE: Some lace items may require using blocking wires.

Wet Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects

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.

IraRott® Rusty the Giraffe Crochet Blanket Patter can be found at IraRott.com

 

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