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Old 11-09-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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Blocking Acrylic?
Ok, so before I get a thousand people telling me you can't, I've just gone through about a dozen blogs saying you can.However, they all say I need to use steam and that soaking and laying to dry will not work.

Is there absolutely anything that I can do to avoid steaming as I do not have a steam setting on my iron and love the thing to death just the way its steam-less self is?

Would anyone recommend soaking and ironing with a towel over?Has anyone tried anything aside from steaming?
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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You don't have to have a steam iron. Use a damp towel over the item and just hold the hot iron over it. You can touch down briefly but not hard and do not press, that'll flatten it out. Knit up a sample of the acrylic and practice with it.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
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Well, you can block it. I believe you will have to do it every time though unlike wool that holds blocking longer. I just toss in the washer and dryer, but I hope it works for you!
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:34 AM   #4
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Steam blocking acrylic is permanent unlike blocking wool. Steam melts the acrylic into place and it stays in the new position which is why it "kills" it, no more bounce. Real hair takes a lot of training to stay in place. My wool items need reblocked every time I wash them, just like my hair did when I had hair.

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If you're just trying to soften and even out the stitches washing and drying should work.
If you need to stretch it into shape then you'll need steam. I bought a steamer for that reason, they don't have to be expensive.
I can't comment on Suzeeq's method other than to emphasize not to press, even my steam head pressing a little can look pretty wrong.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:22 AM   #5
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I block EVERYTHING I knit, with the exception of blankets!
Blocking improves the appearance of anything! If it's perfect BEFORE blocking...it is 'perfect-er' AFTER blocking!
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
If it's perfect BEFORE blocking...it is 'perfect-er' AFTER blocking!
Hehe I LOVE this... and it may have just convinced me to block the cowl I just finished... after I wear it to my knitting group tomorrow of course ;o)
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Just for another perspective.... I seldom block anything. Mostly I don't care for the stretched look it gives, and on some things it flattens them out. For the wooly things, I soak in the washer, spin out the water and lay flat to dry, no stretching, no pinning. They look fine. For acrylics, a wash and dry works. Lace done with acrylic I just use a larger needle size and that opens up the stitch pattern in lieu of blocking it.
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
I block EVERYTHING I knit, with the exception of blankets!
Blocking improves the appearance of anything! If it's perfect BEFORE blocking...it is 'perfect-er' AFTER blocking!
You've literally made me ROFL.I love this. *stashes into "random quotes that have made me rofl" box*
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