Is Blocking Knitting necessary?
Blocking knitted projects is a process that most knitters have heard about, but many knitters don’t do. It’s an essential last step in knitting especially if the item you’ve created just doesn’t come out exactly the way you want or the way it needs to look.
What is blocking in knitting terms?
Blocking is the process of wetting or steaming your final pieces of knitting to set the finished size and even out the stitches. You could use any flat surface to block your garments (I’m partial to the Knitter’s Block), just be sure that your knitted piece lies flat and fully dries so that its shape sets.
How much does knitting stretch when blocked?
About half the length gained during blocking was lost once the pins were removed. This effect was seen across all the swatches, even those that had only been stretched by 1cm. So—for a sweater made of wool at least—in order to gain 5% in width, I’d need to pin it out with a 10% increase.
Do you have to block knitting after every wash?
Just careful attention to straightening seams and edges, gentle prods and pinches to keep cables and other details aligned while drying flat is all the blocking that most garments need – which is coincidentally what you do after laundering. So, yes, they do need to be reblocked after laundering.
Do you weave in ends before or after blocking?
Here’s my rationale: you need to wash and block pieces before you sew up, and since—see below—a seam is my favorite place to weave in an end, you need to have seamed the garment. Also, if you weave before washing and blocking, and the fabric relaxes, it can result in a pucker or bunch in the fabric.
Do you need wool wash to block?
Natural fibers like wool and alpaca generally benefit the most from full wash blocking, where you totally soak your piece first. (See below for a complete how-to.) For more delicate items like cashmere and acrylic, spritz blocking is recommended.
Does blocking make knitting bigger?
Blocking won’t make it smaller unless the yarn shrinks. If you have a swatch or can make one with the leftover yarn to see what yours does. However. you don’t have stretch it out to ‘block’ it.
What are knocker blockers?
Knocker Blockers are blocking pins, perfect for blocking straight edges on sweaters, scarves and shawls. Designed by knitters for knitters, this ingenious product is designed speed up the blocking process for knitters and crocheters alike.