Blocking Your Knits : Demo
After completing a knitting project, there is one final step that will make your stitches really sing: BLOCKING!
Supplies you will need:
-clean sink or basin
-Soak or Eucalan
-foam tiles (available at Canadian Tire, etc.)
-blocking-specific accessories (depending on your project):
sock blockers or mitten blockers
A few tips on blocking:
Some yarns (such as super-wash or alpaca) will grow quite a bit after blocking. If you are knitting a sweater or garment that needs to fit properly, we recommend that you knit a swatch, wash it the same way you will wash the finished piece, and block it. Make sure you measure your stitches per inch before and after blocking your swatch, in case the number changes! Your pattern will tell you how many stitches per inch you will need to get correct gauge.
For washing we recommend Soak or Eucalan, which are soaps designed to gently clean your knits. Detergents used for regular laundry (cottons and synthetics) can break down wool and other animal fibres over time.
When washing your knits, it's best to use room temperature water, and gentle handling. Hot water and agitation can cause felting or shrinking. Soak and Eucalan do not require rinsing, so you can gently squeeze the water out and use the towel to dry it as much as possible.
Let us know if you have any blocking questions! We would love to see your finished projects, so be sure to tag us on Instagram!