View Full Version : Blocking my rug...

07-16-2008, 07:01 PM
I added pictures of it to my blog as it "fits" (or doesn't fit) in the foyer.

So when I wash it again, will I have to block it again??? I can't imagine. I won't say that I don't have the tools to block and how I'm blocking you all would probably be shocked and call me an amatuer. Good thing I am one! :aww:

I ask because I thought I read somewhere that some types of yarn need to be reblocked with every wash.

Jan in CA
07-16-2008, 07:04 PM
Why don't you post a picture in What'cha Knittin' along with the info and yarn type. More people will see it there and many don't like to click outside links. :hug:

07-17-2008, 07:44 AM
I just spent some time blocking swatches for a Masters Program for th Crochet Guild of America. What I don't like to do is block in general. After you wash something do you want to have to block it again? Won't the article just get stretched or worn into a different shape by the wearer? What is the point in blocking? Swatching for a pattern I understand and agree with but blocking........

07-17-2008, 10:38 AM
personally I think it looks fine and once you add the fringe it will make it look longer.

07-17-2008, 12:16 PM
personally I think it looks fine and once you add the fringe it will make it look longer.

I blocked it all stretched out and added fringe and it does look much better and tolerable. Kitties were laying on it when I left this morning.

07-17-2008, 12:37 PM
If the kitties like it it's all good.

There is a great deal of confusion about blocking. It's less about changing the size or shape of a FO than about making it look more finished and even. A lot of material on blocking was written when yarns were less sophisticated, almost always wool, and harder to work with.

In most cases, blocking a sweater just involves dampening the FO, smoothing it into shape and letting it dry on several layers of bath towels. No fancy equipment needed.

With some complicated patterns and with certain yarns, it's good to lay out the pieces before you sew them together, then dampen, pat them out to the correct measurements, and let dry. If you pat the edges down smoothly it makes sewing-up easier.

You can also improve the look of some handknit fabrics by steaming or pressing lightly. I haven't done this in years and don't intend to except under extreme duress.

Yes, you can stretch a FO by blocking, but not by much. Don't count on blocking to change a size Small into a size Large. And yes, if you stretch a sweater by blocking, you'll probably have to do it every time you wash it.

(I won't mention blocking lace here; it's a whole other thing.)

Your rug looks fine. Add the fringe, if you want to add size. Or pick up stitches all around and add a border, maybe of another color.