Blocking Crochet Work – Crochet Basics

You’re finally done with your crochet project. All of the ends are woven in, and you’re ready to use your beautiful new whatever it is, but the edges are curling, and it doesn’t look quite right.

Did you do something wrong? Not at all. That’s a very common occurrence, and easily remedied through something called “blocking”. This final technique is used to flatten crochet and knit projects. There are many ways to do it, but the two I prefer are through ironing or pinning.

Before you do either method, wet the projects down. You can either wash them, which I prefer, or spray them with a water bottle. Blocking works through the evaporation of water, so they need to be wet first.

I prefer this method because it takes very little time, and it’s easy to do. Yarn labels should say whether it’s safe to use an iron on them or not. Check that information out when picking the yarn you’ll be using.

This is very simple. all you need to do is lay out your project on the ironing board, wait for the iron to warm up and gently press the curled edges out. It’s just like ironing wrinkles out of your clothing. Again, just make sure the yarn is heat safe to avoid accidental damage.

Now all it needs are buttons, and maybe a liner.

If your yarn isn’t heat safe, you can still block the project. You can buy things like blocking mats or blocking wire, but if you have an old towel available, straight pins and a safe place to let your things dry, you don’t need specialty tools.

For this one, fold a towel so there are at least three layers of fabric between where you’ll be putting your crocheting or knitting and the table/desk/whatever surface.

Once the towel is folded, but flat, arrange your project on top of it. The project should lie as flat as possible while still on the towel.

Once it’s arranged appropriately, pin it into place with your straight pins. I’ve found that round things, like coasters, take a couple more pins than square things, like these pot holders.

Then, you just let it sit until they’re dry. It usually only takes a couple of days, so the area needs to be safe from animals, children or anything else that would move it around.

This method has served me very well, and the pins haven’t damaged anything, yet. The towel works to protect the surface of whatever you’re using as a drying area, while absorbing moisture from the projects.

If you’ve enjoyed this entry, please check out others in my Crochet Basics series:

Four Basic Crochet Abbreviations
What are yo, hdc and dc?
Learn How to Crochet a Magic Circle or Ring
Weaving in the Ends

For more blocking techniques, check out the below affiliate link. The webinar offers a far more comprehensive look into blocking, as well as information about the various fibers found in yarn and the best way to block strangely shaped things.

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