The Power of Blocking
I always decided that blocking my knit items was a waste of time, and it probably was for the stuff I usually make. I’ve always read about how important it is and how it changes lives! But anyway, I decided to knit myself a sweater and I hate how much stockinette stitch pulls and curls. It’s so annoying. So I decided I’d better block it before sewing up the seams. I loved it!
Clearly you can see the difference between the left and right. It opened up the reverse stockinette stitches between each lace section and it sits much better now.
I finally blocked both the front and back section of the sweater and so hopefully I can sew them up and knit the sleeves on soon!
For those of you who don’t know what blocking is, it’s when you try and give shape to a knitted or crocheted item. How it’s usually done, and how I did it, is to fill your sink with water (or something big enough for your item) and dip your piece in it so that it is saturated enough. If your yarn is a wool or has wool in it, make sure the water isn’t too hot, causing it to felt. Then lay it down on a towel and roll out the excess water. On a dry towel, pin your piece into the shape you want it to be. This usually is just a lot of stretching and maneuvering to get your piece to lay down. Then let it dry and voila!
There are many other ways to block your items, depending on your yarn materials too, but I think this is the most common and works just fine. Good luck!