Spray Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects
Blocking removes creases and adjusts the shape of knit and crochet projects. If your finished item is too heavy for soaking in the water, and the fiber content is not suitable for steaming…then SPRAY blocking is the way to go! This method also comes in handy when you only need to block a portion of your item, without wetting the entire work. In the example below, I am spray-blocking lace edges of a super bulky Whale Rug.
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What You Need For Spray Blocking:
Spray generously the front and back side of your project with warm water until it is thoroughly wet.
Lay your project flat on a blocking board or interlocking play mat, shaping it to the specified measurements. You can use some rust-resistant blocking pins to secure your project around the edges if necessary. For instance, lightweight projects might need pins, while heavy rugs perform well without pinning.
Rotate and flip your project periodically to ensure fast and even drying. Depending on the temperature and humidity level, this process might take somewhere between several hours and up to several days.
I often use spray blocking in my Crochet Rug Patterns, because it’s ideal for heavy super-bulky projects. For additional information about other blocking methods, you can check out my Wet Blocking and Steam Blocking tutorials.
I hope you find this article helpful.
16 thoughts on “Spray Blocking for Knit and Crochet Projects”
Thank you very much!!
You are very welcome 🙂
Very informative! Thank you so much! Makes a lot of sense now.
Hi! Do you have to re-block the item after washing it or is the process permanent?
You do it once but handmade items usually have to be hand washed and lay flat to dry.
Ola sou de Maringá Paraná no Brasil , não consegui encontrar pap de baleia tao grande e tao bonito como seu trabalho , vc poderia enviar video aula ou pap de como faze-la ?
seus trabalhos sao perfeitos
Hi, our whale rug pattern with step by step instructions can be purchased from our site, here is the link –> https://irarott.com/Whale_Rug_Crochet_Pattern.html
If I used acrylic yarn will it still work??
Of course! I actually used acrylic yarn in this tutorial.
Can I stiffen with starch?
I do if I make a doily from thread using rug patterns, but not the actual rugs.