Knitting is an art form that has been around for centuries, and it continues to grow in popularity. You may be wondering how you can knit when you are on the go. One of the best ways to do this is by blocking your knitting. In this article, we’ll show you how to block knitting!
What is blocking and how does it work?
Blocking is a method of knitting to shape a finished piece into the dimensions specified by your pattern. It can also make two pieces that are almost exactly alike.
There are several methods of blocking, and it’s best to work out which one will be most effective for each project you’re going to create. The goal is not just to lay out flat what has been created while working on them, but how each stitch will behave after being blocked as well.
The easiest way to block knitting is with a blocking board. A blocking board can be made out of any type of wood, but it should have an even surface and the ability to withstand moisture for long periods of time (such as being waterproof). It also needs enough space for your project plus room on either side so that you can pin the fabric down securely while it dries. Some people use old bed frames or cutting boards instead. You could also purchase a pre-made blocking mat if desired.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to block knitting?
To block knitting, you’ll need a flat surface that is the size of your item. This can be anything from an ironing board to a piece of cardboard or wood.
You will also need pins and something like blocking wires (optional). To start, lay your knitted piece out on top of this surface with right side up. Gently pull it into shape by pinning in place along the edges while pulling gently on any parts that are too tight for desired measurements. If possible, try not to stretch pieces more than about 30% bigger than final dimensions because stretching them further may cause distortion over time due to excess stress at points where fabric was stretched tightly across itself. Next, take care around seams and corners, so they don’t get stretched too far. Use blocking wires for extra support, if you have them on hand.
When the piece is in its desired shape, carefully remove it from your surface and lay it flat to dry. If possible, use a gentle steam setting or dampen lightly with water (and allow to air dry) rather than using heat directly on the knitted fabric so as not to damage wool fibers.
What are the benefits of blocking your knits?
Block knitting helps you get the best possible finished dimensions from your work. Blocking can help you get:
– straight edges by making sure all increases or decreases on one edge match their corresponding increase/decrease stitches on both neighboring sides
– more accurate measurements so it’s easier to create garments with an exact fit for different sizes and shapes of people
The goal of blocking knitting projects is not just to lay out flat what has been created while working on them, but also how each stitch will behave after being blocked. For knitters who want every project, they do have stretched
As with most things in life, knitting is not black and white. Instead of trying to block for a certain project or type of yarn, try blocking different types of yarns – it’s likely you’ll find the perfect method that works best!
We hope you found this post about how to block knitting helpful.