Three ways to block yarn
Why Block your yarn?
Blocking is a great way to straighten out wonky yarn projects. It can help with curling, wonky squares and generally make your yarny projects look more symmetrical and uniform. It will help open up the fibre and make it relax into the desired shape. The effect blocking has on your project depends on the type of yarn you’re using, with the most obvious effects seen with wool or wool blends.
That said, i find blocking helps with my cotton projects too, especially when i want all of my granny squares to look uniform. I don’t use acrylic very often, so i don’t have any advice to offer on that front, but this article has some useful information. Of course, if you’d like to share your experience or knowledge, leave a comment at the end. Always check the yarn label for guidelines on care.
Three ways to block yarn
1 – Immersion Blocking
Involves submerging the entire project in water, removing as much water as possible (without wringing) and laying flat to dry. The project can be pinned into place if desired. See the link below for more information.
2 – Steam Blocking
Lay and pin your project onto a cushioned ironing board or other soft surface. Heat up your iron and gently steam a few centimetres from the surface. You might like to place a clean cloth between your project and the iron to help project your precious yarn. See the article below –
3 – Spray Blocking
This is my preferred method of block as i’m a big scaredy cat and worry about damaging my projects. I’ve included a step-by-step tutorial below, but the method basically involves pinning the project in place, spraying with water and leaving to dry.
What you will need for Spray Blocking
You don’t need to own a fancy blocking board to block your projects, all you need is a soft surface large enough to block your items. I’ve used some foam knee protectors used for gardening as my blocking boards as i’m only blocking small squares. An ironing board is a great alternative too, but if you need a larger space a bed will work well.
If you’re using a bed, keep in mind that your project might take a while to dry, so you will need to delay taking a nap. It’s also a good idea to place a waterproof cover between your bed and the project. Before we get to the tutorial check out these sweet before and afters.
Some sweet Before and Afters
Spray Blocking: Step-by-step
1 – Pin your motif into place using rust proof pins. If you are aiming to make your squares the same size, then grab your tape measure and make sure each side is the same length.
2 – Lightly spray a mist of water over your squares. 3 or 4 squirts should be enough.
3 – After spraying, leave to dry. Make sure your blocks are 100% dry before removing the pins.
And if you’re blocking a stack of squares check out this great idea for multi blocking by Make and Do Crew Happy Blocking!