Sunday, November 22, 2015

About Blocking . . .

Confession time: I have never blocked  any of my knits.  Ever.  But to be fair, most of my knits have been made with acrylics or cottons.  So really they didn't need any blocking, just a good wash when finished.
Blocked shawl drying

This shawl was different.  I finished it back in August, but I'd been dragging my feet on weaving in a few ends and blocking it.  I never would have thought that blocking would have made such a difference!
Before blocking
After blocking
The yarn overs opened up and the entire shawl stretched right out.  In fact, the shawl seems to have a lovely curve to it. 

First I soaked it in water with mild detergent (Yarn used was DROPS Fabel which is a wool-nylon mix.  My other woolen sock yarns have stood up well to the washer and dryer).  After rinsing in plain water, I gently squeezed out the water.  Wrapped within a large towel, I rolled up the shawl and squeezed out more water.  Finally I began pinning out my shawl so that the lace would open up.

Without any special blocking pins. I resorted to using some quilting pins.  They seemed to work fine, as long as I drove them right into the mat. Nearby sat the dehumidifier.  Hope that will speed up the drying time.


  1. Blocking is magic! I started blocking a lot when I started knitting/designing lacy shawls. It makes such a huge difference. But it also helps with sweaters, too. I just blocked a sweater that I finished in 2011 and never blocked. It is amazing to see and feel the difference. I blogged it today; come check it out.

    1. Thanks for the link--and yes, your blocked sweater looked "finished". The cables looked more relaxed.

      I ended up blocking an older lace scarf and that too looked much better. Definitely gonna block my woolens in the future. :)


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