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« on: October 19, 2008 09:46:12 PM »

So I've read a lot of patterns where people say they block the piece when their done. Do I have to block everything I knit when it's finished? Or is that only for certain things like sweaters? And if I have to do it whats the easiest way to do it?

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008 11:58:39 PM »

Blocking is only needed if you're not using acrylic, btw.

Some people never block. Others block everything. Some people block only things that need the pattern to be pulled out to be pretty (usually this applies to lace shawls).

Generally, it is recommended that you block things knitted from 100% wool, as wool has a lot of give to it and needs to be blocked to measurements in order to fit correctly. Generally for a sweater you would want to block to the appropriate measurements before you join the pieces.

There are several ways to do it, and which one you choose may depend on how big it is - but it is fairly common to wet the pieces, stretch them out to the measurements they're supposed to be and let dry. Some people buy those kids alphabet blocks to do it on because you can stick pins in them and use as many blocks are you need for size. Others buy special blocking boards that have measurements on them.

Me? I let the recipient of my hard work do the blocking, hah! (Living in Thailand means never wearing wool, so I knit for 3 nieces, my sister, my mother, and assorted people to ask for things!)

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