Blocking Your Crochet Project

How to Block Your Crochet Project: Mandala
How to Block Your Crochet Project: Mandala
How to Block Your Crochet Project: Mandala

How to Block Your Crochet Project

Some crochet projects after your complete them need to be blocked, meaning forced to take their proper shape with the help of water or steam.

Manufacturers apply steam to the yarn as the final process to get it to puff up before balling it. It provides the thickness and best results for yarn packaging.

However, when you crochet or knit, you are forcing the yarn into the stitches. So the yarn has been steamed before balling as a straight yarn strand. So the project can be stiff or not behaving as it should in the project. This is where blocking comes into play.

Never iron your project. Chances are it’s a poly-based product where it will melt with the heat of an iron. An inexpensive steamer at the store is a great option. For clothing, I steam. During a behind the scenes photoshoot with Yarnspirations, I noticed the stylist was steaming projects before photography as the garments were coming out of the box. The steam was getting the projects to relax. So, of course, I asked about it.

Turns out, if you apply steam to your project it causes the fibres to relax and take the new shape you applied to it.

The same thing happens when you dampen a project and lay it flat to shape. Notice I said to damp, not soak. It’s just enough water that you feel the project is wet without being sopping wet.

See how I block. Some people use pins to force a project to take the shape as it’s drying. For me, I’ve not had to resort to that unless I am stiffening a project.

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  1. Karilyn Weidner

    This is great! I completely forgot about the blocking. I have my mother’s old ironing board. Think I could use that? I want to try the steamer on my iron.

  2. Kay Reed

    I do a lot of finger pressing. I lay item out on flat surface with sheet, paper towel and move project around with my fingers to get it to lay flat. If it still is a little wonky, I use a spray bottle with water in it and spray the areas that are being reluctant to lay as I wish. If one area doesn’t lay as I wish I repay and finger press that area. Learned from my grandmother who did everything this way

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