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Tips and Techniques: How To Block Your Crochet Projects

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I’m Marie from Underground Crafter [3] and this is the third post in a series about improving your crocheting. If you’re new to crochet or just want to take your skills to the next level, these tips will help you.

In this post, I’m going to tackle a process that is commonplace in the knitting world but seems to intimidate many crocheters: blocking.

What is blocking (and why should you do it)?

Your yarn goes through many transitions from its start as unprocessed fiber through its transformation into a finished project. Blocking helps nudge the yarn in your project into its final resting state using some simple and inexpensive supplies.

It’s also a great way to fix up minor mistakes, like corners that roll up, or edges that aren’t even. If you’re making a garment or another project made from different pieces, blocking is also a great way to make sure pieces fit certain measurements before assembling.

Gather your supplies

To block your project, you’ll need just a few supplies.

I use children's playmats to block my projects, like the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl, a free crochet pattern available at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/08/20/free-pattern-pineapples-for-everyone-shawl/ [4]

I use children’s play mats to block my projects, like the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl [5], a free crochet pattern.

Depending on the blocking method you choose, you may also need a spray bottle (for spray blocking), a clean towel (for wet blocking), or an iron or steamer (for steam blocking).

Choose the right blocking method

Your choice of blocking method should be based on the fiber content of your yarn and how much you’d like to change the shape of your final project.

Remember that you can always block more, but you can’t block less. Since spray blocking will usually work well, that’s where I recommend starting.

Block your project

For projects that require assembly, like garments, bags, or motif projects, block each piece individually first before joining.

For spray and steam blocking, gently pin your project to the soft surface, starting from the center and working your way out to the edges. Gently stretch and shape your project as you work, spraying it with water as you go.Use as many pins as necessary to keep edges even. Wet blocked projects should be washed first before pinning. Steam blocked projects should be steamed after they are blocked into position.

Once the project is pinned out, allow it to dry naturally. Once your project is dry, remove your pins and take a step back. Doesn’t it look great?

Do you have other blocking tips to share?