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KnittyDiane
04-28-2009, 12:55 PM
Hi, I have been knitting for around 9 months and I am so loving it. I am on page 11 of the knitting tips on this website, they are so helpful, and I am reading all about neat tips for blocking. Now, I have made a felted purse, pillowcase, and so many scarfs and hats I can't even count and am now in the middle of my fiirst sweater, yeah! None of which, so far, have I blocked. Can you explain what blocking is, how it is done, why it is done? Thanks, I love this website! Diane

Jan in CA
04-28-2009, 01:02 PM
Blocking helps even out your stitches and shape a garment. It also opens up and reveals the beauty of lace. Not all yarns block well though. Here's a few websites that may answer some questions.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/03/why-block-hand-knits-heres-why-and-how.html

Arielluria
04-28-2009, 01:12 PM
Blocking is what makes your items look great and wearable ;) I remember the first time I learned about blocking and did it to my first dog sweater, then I was like "ah! I can really see the stitches now!" :teehee: Welcome to your new addiction, can't wait to see some of your FOs.

suzeeq
04-28-2009, 01:24 PM
Felted items don't need blocking, many scarves or hats don't.

Blocking is wetting the item, either by soaking or spraying, then patting or pinning out to shape. Some people find they may need to stretch their knitting to attain the correct size because their gauge was off, and lace items need to be stretch blocked to open up the pattern. Acrylic doesn't block in this manner, but can be machine washed and dried to even out the sts, which is another reason for blocking even if you don't stretch it. This article should explain it - www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html