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Wet Blocking Basics

Written by Brigit Yarn

Wet Blocking Basics.

Tools:

  • Blocking Mats
  • Blocking Wires
  • T Pins and/or Knit Blockers
  • Towels
  • Wool Wash
  • Wash Basin or sink
  • Measuring Tape

This is the suggested method for blocking wool fabrics. Unless otherwise stated it is always best to handwash in cold water and lay flat to dry.

Washing and blocking your newly knitted garment or accessory is always recommended. It is what gives the piece that professional finish and sets your stitches so that they look their best. This is especially true for any kind of lacework.

  • Fill a sink or washbasin with cold water and add a small amount of wool wash to the water. Swish the water around to incorporate the wool wash.
  • Gently press your knitted item into the water so that it is fully immersed. Let soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, set up blocking mats and towels so that they are ready when you take your item out of the bath.
  • When the time is up, remove the item from the water and fully support it so that it does not stretch out of shape with the weight of the water. Gently squeeze as much water out as possible but do not wring.
  • Layout your knitted item onto a clean towel, fold or roll the item up in the towel and then apply pressure so that the towel can absorb the excess water.
  • Lay your knitted item out on your mats and gently arrange it into the desired shape.
    • Some pieces may require wires and pins to obtain the desired shape while drying.
  • Drying time will depend on the size and thickness of the fabric and the temperature and air circulation in the room. A ceiling or floor fan will help to speed up drying time. You can also take your blocking outside on a nice warm sunny day.
  • Make sure the item is completely dry before removing wires and pins.
  • Once dry, you can weave in any ends if you did not do this beforehand.
  • Enjoy your new hand-knit garment.

Brigit Hampel

The Enabler Queen

This article is part of the Build Your Skills mini workshops.