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Old 01-14-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Is it necessary to block every completed project?
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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No.....

Some people never block. Some people always block.

It really depends on the project and the yarn used.

Ex. Acrylic and durable cotton yarns don't need to be "blocked". Just wash/dry it and it's "blocked"

Wool blocks well and needs to be blocked as washing/drying will ruin/felt it.

Delicate fabrics (cashmere, alpaca, mohair) must be hand-washed and blocked as washing/drying will ruin it.

True lace MUST be blocked, regardless of yarn type, or the pattern will never show/shine through.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:09 PM   #3
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I think that wet blociing or spritzing pinned projects helps to even out the stitches regardless of yarn source. For me that helps with the drape of the project (and I'm thinking mostly of sweaters and shawls here). It takes comparatively little effort when you consider the hours spent knitting and it's worth it.
Are you thinking of a particular yarn or project?
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Superwash wool is machine washable and sometimes can go in the dryer. My sock yarns are machine washable, some can go in the dryer. I never block socks because the socks work just fine without the added bother.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:58 PM   #5
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What RK & salmonmac said. There are things that I block and things that I don't.

I tend to block projects more often than not. If its a gift for someone else, I always block it, even if it's just dish/washcloths. I don't block my own dishcloths, but just lay them out to dry.

I do block my superwash socks for drying as I can stand my sock blockers upside down in the groove of my washing machine. Even my superwas wool socks fuzz up a bit in the dryer. I hate fuzz of any sort in/on my socks. But that's me.
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
I think that wet blociing or spritzing pinned projects helps to even out the stitches regardless of yarn source. For me that helps with the drape of the project (and I'm thinking mostly of sweaters and shawls here). It takes comparatively little effort when you consider the hours spent knitting and it's worth it.
Are you thinking of a particular yarn or project?

I am currently working on a scarf (garter stitch) for my dd and I'm not sure what type of yarn it is. I lost the package wrap a long time ago.
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Try blocking just as an experiment to see how it comes out. If you're in doubt about the fiber, pin the scarf out to measurements on a towel or rug, spritz it well with water and let it dry completely (this last is the hardest part). See what you think.

JPC, I love the image of your socks on stretchers sticking up from your washing machine!
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