If you want a professional finish to your crochet, then blocking is a must for most projects.
This is especially true if you are working on a project that has a lot of different stitches and textures, i.e. most of my patterns.
I spray block frequently while working on my designs. I do this just before going to bed at night. I use a fan and by morning the piece is dry and ready to continue working on. Underfloor heating also speeds up the drying process.
I don’t always pin. I just lay out, spray lightly with water and use my hands to gently coax it into shape . It is amazing what a little bit of water can do to settle the stitches. I use the foam mats in our gym for blocking. It works very well.
Blocking frequently will highlight any problems that may be developing. As an example, some people work post stitches (especially back post) very tightly and this can cause gauge/tension problems. If you block often, you will catch this early on and be able to rectify and avoid huge amounts of frogging. If you are inclined to ‘strangle’ your post stitches, then I recommend going up a half hook size on these rounds to compensate for this.
If you have never tried blocking, please give it a go. You will be amazed at the difference it makes especially if you are working in natural fibers like cotton.
If you want to know more about blocking, tap or click HERE to download a document that goes into detail.
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