After finishing your crochet project, it’s time to BLOCK it! While some projects may not need it, others will need a bit of TLC and any project will look so much better once you block it.
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Yay! You finished a crochet project! You’re probably asking yourself if there is anything else you should be doing or you’re wondering what the deal is with this “blocking” thing that you heard about. If this post is the first post you found on my blog and want to know more on how to start your crochet project, check out 5 Steps to Start Your Crochet Project.
Once you finished crocheting and weaved in your ends, you are finished with the project and can either enjoy for yourself or gift it to a lucky person. But, I would say that you should block your finished projects.
By blocking your finished projects, you can soften the yarn and fix any wonky edges since the stitches are easier to manipulate during this process. I think they end up looking even better than it did before it was blocked.
Click through the before, during, and after pictures of the swatch that I did below. Notice how more “finished” it looks after it was blocked. The edges look more straight and the corners more “pointy”.
See the difference? Why many crocheters recommend blocking your finished projects? Try it out and see for yourself.
If you’re using a blocking mat,
- Use a non-rinse soak wash and add it to a basin. Follow the instructions on how much to use and how much water to use from the soak wash.
- Add the finished project to the basin and soak for about 15 minutes.
- Once it is done soaking, carefully squeeze the excess water as you are taking the project out of the basin. I say carefully because you don’t want to accidentally change the stitches as they are very delicate at this stage.
- Lay a towel on the floor and add your project on top. Roll the towel from one end to the other tightly. I like to stand on top of the towel at this point and step on it to help things along. This step will help squeeze more excess water from the project.
- Unroll the towel and add it to the blocking mat(s). Most blocking mats have interlocking edges so that you can shape it to the size that you need it.
- Add the pins along the edges so that you can having straight edges throughout your project.
- Let it air dry until it is completely dry. Depending on the project and the humidity in your home, it can take one to three days. So, make sure you have the blocking mats in a place where it can be left untouched for several days.
- Once it is dry, take off the pins and your project is ready to be enjoyed!
Here’s an example of the blocking mat and pins that is similar to what I own. The only difference is that mine only came with 30 pins and this one has 100 pins.
If you are using a steamer or an iron,
- Place the finished project on a flat surface (preferably an ironing board).
- Follow the instructions of your steamer or iron to add the water and activate the steam.
- Once the hot steam is coming out of the steamer or iron, carefully pass it over the project several times.
- If you are using the iron, don’t let the iron touch the finished project. Depending on the yarn that you used, it may not be a yarn that can be ironed. If you do, the yarn can be ruined. You just want to hover over the project and let the steam do its job.
- The number of times you pass over the project is a judgment call. You are looking for the yarn to relax and become easier to manipulate. At this point, if you have any edges that is a bit wonky, you will be able to fix it by reshaping it and straightening it out.
- Once you are done, let the project air dry on the flat surface. Since you used a steamer/iron and didn’t soak in water, it should air dry within a couple of hours. When it is dry, enjoy wearing it or gifting it to a lucky person!
The steamer that I have was from Shark but I can’t find it online anymore. I did buy it several years ago. But, it is similar to this Bissell in regards to the shape and attachments.
Which method you use is totally up to you if you choose to block your finish projects. But, I will tell you this… it does make a huge difference.
Once you block one project, you’ll want to keep doing it because the end result just makes the projects look and feel better. I’ve done both methods but my preferred method is using the first method since I think I can achieve crisp edges and corners by pinning them down to the blocking mat.
Do you block your projects? Which method do you prefer? Do you have another method of blocking? If you don’t currently block your projects, are you going to start? Comment below as I am curious to know.