In this post I will show you how I make my projects come alive with blocking. I knit this scarf with Mountain Colors Bearfoot – a delightful yarn with a hint of mohair. The pattern was intuitive and the well written charts made knitting it up a breeze. When doing the slip-slip-knits (SSK) in this pattern I used the method by Jared Flood, designer ex·tra·or·di·naire. The other favorite trick I used when making the scarf was always slipping the first stitch of each row – this makes a clean edge and it makes blocking much easier. But, when finished it didn’t look quite like the one in the book and I knew just what it needed – blocking.
There are many methods to block knitted items. My method of choice is a full on warm bath with a cap full of Eucalan. After about a 20 minute soak I gently squeeze out excess water, wrap it in a towel and stomp on it to get rid of every last drip. With shawls and scarfs I use blocking mats and wires. This part is a bit tedious but the results are stunning. I should note that when I weave in the ends of a finished item I don’t cut them until after the blocking process might tug on them a bit.
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