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Blocking is an important step toward making your crocheted pieces look more professional. It’s a way of finishing your projects using water and sometimes heat.
Proper blocking of a crocheted garment or accessory can make you project look and/or fit better! Blocking can help restore symmetrical balance to a misshapen project too.
Blocking sets your stitches and will even enhance the drape of the fabric depending on the yarn.
Edging is also easier on blocked pieces!
How to Block Crochet
There are essentially 3 methods for blocking your crochet projects. Wet blocking, steam blocking, and spray blocking.
We will take a look at each method here.
It is perfect for all types of natural fibers and will ensure that your project can stretch fully and also maintain it’s formed after use.
So this method is perfect if your project is made out of any natural fiber and you have a project that needs to be stretched or shaped well.
*Do NOT use this method if your project is made out of acrylic yarn. Unlike natural fibers, moisture does not affect acrylic.
What you will need:
- A sink to submerge your project in water
- Towels and a blocking board if necessary
- Pins (rust-proof is best and they are easy to get from Amazon)
- Fill a sink with cold or lukewarm water. Since you’re using natural fibers with wet blocking, you don’t want the water to be hot since wool can felt or shrink.
- Submerge your project in water or you can let your project soak. You want it to become completely saturated.
- Drain the sink and carefully squeeze the water out. Don’t twist it when you squeeze, as this can cause it to lose shape. This will get most of the water out.
- Roll your project in a towel. Press down gently all over the towel and soak up any water left.
- Take another towel (or 2) and lay it out to spread your crochet project on it. You can also lay on top of a blocking board but I highly recommend you use the towel too.
- Pin your project to the towel or board. Adjust the stitches to lay exactly how you want the finished project to look. Don’t be afraid to stretch the fabric if you want it stretched that’s what wet blocking does best! Stretches and shapes!
- Leave overnight or until fully dry. ENJOY your perfectly finished and shaped crochet project!
This method is great for acrylic projects that you may want to be stretched a lot.
What you will need:
- Iron with steam setting or steamer
- Lay your project out on a towel. Use pins to stretch out stitches If it needs to be stretched a lot to open up the design, such as with lace projects. Pinning may not be necessary with more solid fabric projects that do not need stretching.
- With your iron set on ‘steam’ hover the iron over your project. *Don’t touch the project with the iron! Acrylic yarn is essentially made out of plastic. Hover the iron over the project at least an inch to steam. As long as the iron never physically touches the yarn it will be fine.
- Steam until your project is slightly damp. After this, let sit with pins (or without) overnight.
You can also use this method on a dress form with sweaters to give the perfect shape to your garment!
Here’s another post on steam blocking acrylic. It’s very in dept!
Use the Spray method if your project is natural fibers and doesn’t need to be stretched. This is my favorite method from scarves and granny square projects.
What You will need:
- Blocking board
- Spray bottle
- Lay your project out on a blocking board and pin it down.
- With a spray bottle full of water spray your project until it is damp.
- Allow your project to dry, and remove pins.
That is it! It’s the easiest of all the blocking methods if it fits your needs for a project.
Here is an In dept article from Interweave about Spray blocking Granny Squares.
Making Your Own DIY Blocking Boards
If you are trying to stay on a budget this may be a good article for you to check out! A very simple and inexpensive solution to blocking boards!
An Easy Pattern to try Blocking
This simple easy lace scarf is the perfect pattern to test out blocking skills on! Check it out and make one soon! It’s simply beautiful and you’ll be able to really see just how blocking can affect the outcome of your crochet projects!