In this video, Keely discusses the ultimate step in finishing your handknit and crochet items: blocking. Blocking is the simple step of washing your finished project and then arranging it to dry. Blocking evens out any tensioning issues in your stitches, opens up lace, removes oils from your hands transferred during the knitting process, and just finishes your garment nicely. Let’s talk about how to block!
For blocking we LOVE our kits from CocoKnits. The CocoKnits Knitter’s Block Kit includes everything you need to block your knits: blocking mats and a blocking cloth to lay under your finished projects, and T-pins to pin your project into shape. A blocking cloth and T-pins are also available for purchase separately. We also love the CocoKnits Sweater Care Kit includes a slightly different selection of items: a mesh sweater rack for easy drying, a blocking cloth, zippered garment storage bags, and Eucalan, a woolwash (we also sell Soak separately!). If you like blocking projects with unfinished edges or lots of lace, you may also find it useful to invest in a set of blocking wires to help shape your projects.
We highly recommend steam blocking over wet blocking. Steam blocking sets the stitches just as well as wet blocking and also increases the longevity of both the colour and the wool. You can use an iron for this process; simply lay your piece on a prepared surface such as an ironing board or a clean table. Pin in place, then spray lightly with water or diluted woolwash to dampen the project. Take a wet cotton cloth and place between your project and the iron, and then hold your iron directly above the piece so that the steam can penetrate the fibers. Allow your piece to dry completely before you remove the pins.
IMPORTANT: Do not let the iron directly touch your fabric – this will damage the fibers!