Blocking, Knitting

Finishing!

I’ve mentioned before that blocking is not my favorite part of knitting…

…but it is an important part of finishing! It’s been said that blocking is to knitting like ironing is to sewing, and I firmly believe that to be true!

In order for your knitting to look its best, a good blocking is an absolute necessity.

So I recently scrubbed my bathtub good and clean and blocked a couple of large shawls that I had finished knitting a while ago but hadn’t forced myself to block yet!

Alpaca shawl going in for a soak!
Alpaca shawl going in for a soak!

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Wool/silk blend shawl going in for a soak!
Wool/silk blend shawl going in for a soak!

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It was totally worth it because the stitches evened out and opened up, allowing the stitch patterns to be fully seen and appreciated!

Alpaca shawl drying on my living room floor
Alpaca shawl drying on my living room floor
Wool/silk blend shawl drying on my living room floor
Wool/silk blend shawl drying on my living room floor

I always dread blocking, but I’m always so glad that I made myself do it after I’m done!

How do you feel/what do you thinkΒ about blocking? Do you always do it? Never do it? Sometimes do it? Love it? Strongly dislike it?

 

 

2 thoughts on “Finishing!”

  1. I always procrastinate on blocking even though I know the end product always looks so much better than had I left it! Even worse I usually don’t even give my projects a good soak–I cut corners by using a spray bottle. Your shawls look beautiful by the way!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I always procrastinate with blocking too! It’s so hard to set aside the time to do it… πŸ™‚ I’ve never tried using a spray bottle – it does sound like that would be a good deal faster! I wonder if the spray bottle method might be a better way to very gently block a really delicate knit?

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