Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-04-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
tracid95125
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How do I block an afgan?
I have just completed my first afgan. Yipee!! What is blocking and how do I do it to a completed project? Help!!!
tracid95125 is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 01-04-2009, 04:49 PM   #2
DorothyDot
Knitting the Flap
 
DorothyDot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 416
Thanks: 143
Thanked 157 Times in 136 Posts
Blocking is ironing your project so it looks finished and lies flat. You do this carefully, by first pinning it into the desired shape then using an iron set on Steam - and a wet dish towel [without the nap].

After pinning it, you wet the dish towel, wring it out and place it over whatever part of your item it covers. Then press it with the steaming steam iron, using gentle pressure and lift-press; lift-press type of technique.

When you've ironed the whole towel area, if you still need to iron another portion, you re-wet the towel, wring it out, place it over the unironed portion and iron. Repeat until all of your project is pressed.

Now leave your ironed treasure lie as still as possible overnight so it can dry and cool and generally settle into its new forever-shape.

Okay. Now on to your afghan.

Do this same technique. But I would take a CLEAN bedsheet and place it over some towels laid out over your rug. Then you can stick the pins into the towels/rug and have them hold the afghan in shape. If need be, you could fold it in half - but this would result in a crease where the fold is.

Well, hope this helps.

Dot

PS - do be sure not to walk on your new afghan while it's on the rug.

PPS -CONGRATS on finishing a whole afghan!!! What pattern did you use?
__________________

My words sell the Magic of a Dream

DorothyDot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2009, 05:02 PM   #3
MerigoldinWA
Grafting the Toe
 
MerigoldinWA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 5,143
Thanks: 1,177
Thanked 1,834 Times in 1,737 Posts
I offer this site as an option. Dot's idea of ironing has been around a long time and works well if carefully done, but some stitches don't like to be ironed and some materials don't iron well.

Link for Wet Blocking

What fiber is your afghan made of? If it is acrylic you could still wet block it and it will finish it up a little, but ironing is a little scary. Lucy Neatby gives good directions for the wet blocking, but sometimes I do it in an even more simple way. If the afghan looks pretty good and doesn't need a lot of help I might just lay it out, spray it and call it good, or pat it a little or lay table knives along the edge to hold it nice and flat if it needs coaxing. It depends on what you want to accomplish.

Look at the site and decide what you need to do. There are even more options you could research.
__________________
MerigoldinWA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2009, 05:33 PM   #4
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,450 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
If the yarn is acrylic or a blend, or superwash wool, all you need to do is machine wash and dry it.
__________________
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
KnitTogether
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 170
Thanks: 63
Thanked 89 Times in 76 Posts
I guess I have to be embarrassed and admit that I do not normally block my afghans unless I'm giving them as a gift. I will start using them right away, because I'm anxious, and at some point they will make their way into the washer and dryer (since I use acrylic yarn for my afghans) and they get 'blocked' through use and washing/drying. While certain yarns need to be wet blocked, and don't tolerate the heat of steaming, if I do steam block things, I have a steaming iron that puts out a nice steady spray of steam, and I pin the item to the board to the measurements, and then hold the steamer 6 or so inches above the item and also mist it at the same time, and then leave it to dry. Or sometimes on smaller items I will wash them in the sink, roll them in a towel to get out the excess moisture, pin to the board and let them dry naturally. It really depends on what the fiber is as to which approach I take. But for me, afghans are like socks in that blocking is usually something reserved for gift giving.
KnitTogether is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crochet Afgan Help! PelletAR Pattern Central 0 02-25-2010 10:41 PM
baby block baby afgan slt418 How-to Questions 3 06-14-2009 02:12 PM
Afgan Pattern Sandi Pattern Central 11 09-13-2007 05:43 AM
graduation afgan fullhouse451 Pattern Central 1 01-12-2007 12:22 PM
When knitting an afgan Beth General Knitting 2 02-13-2005 03:54 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:35 AM.