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Bellana
« on: September 24, 2007 01:31:24 PM »

Hi!

I must admit, blocking is not my favorite task, but things really do look better blocked. But I don't know, how to block a hat. Can anyone help, please?
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2007 01:33:37 PM »

Milliners have a special form that they use to stretch/block hats, that also uses steam.  If you know any hat shops they can do that for you.  I've heard of people stuffing the hat over a balloon or a ball to shape it.  Or you could put it on your head to shape it and then stuff it with newspaper or tissue paper to dry.
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2007 05:03:52 PM »

What may work, what I've seen others do, is get one of those cheap foam wig forms and put it on that - then you can pin  it in place to block.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2007 08:53:13 PM »

I use a folded hand towel and hold it inside the hat, while I use steam to block.  Just make sure it has cooled before you turn the hat.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007 09:56:53 AM »

I've blocked hats on a bowl, or stuffed them full of plastic bags.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2007 10:42:21 AM »

I saw this great idea on KnittyGritty.  Measure the head of the person that you are going to give the blocked hat to.  Then blow up a balloon to that exact size.  Voila, you have a round blocking prop the same size you need the hat to be. 

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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2007 11:25:01 AM »

this is not knitting specific, but to get an accurate measure and shape of your head, have a friend cover it in celophane, then cover the celophane with tape.  carefully take it off your head, then stuff it full of bags or towels or what not, taking care not to distort the shape.  ta da, there's your head!

when i did it this summer to get measurements for wigs, we had people pincurl their hair and did it very tightly.  for a hat, i'd suggest leaving your hair down and having the tape wrapped not quite skin tight. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2007 12:49:50 PM »

http://www.canadiandesignresource.ca/officialgallery/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/jugs.jpg

it's ghetto, but I use a big 2L juice jug like this^^ and all my hats come out just fine.
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Bellana
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007 02:27:50 AM »

Those are all very helpful ideas! Thank you very much!
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