Emily Explains: Wet Blocking and Blocking Wires

It’s the first day of our Fall/Winter ’15 photo shoot, which means the past couple of weeks have been all about finishing touches. One part of the process that is especially important is wet blocking. I thought I knew how to do it, but the girls in the office gave me a few pointers to achieve my ultimate blocking potential.

SOAK your knit in a sink or bucket for fifteen or twenty minutes

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Gently squeeze out the water from your knit.

Lay the piece out on a beach towel and gently stomp out any of the excess.

You want your piece to be damp but not soaking wet.

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BLOCKING WIRES 

For lace, blocking wires are a great way to to lay out your piece to dry evenly.

Weave the long straight wires in and out of the edge of the lace fabric. Try to stay in a straight line.

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Weave wires along all the edges of the pieces.

Using T-pins, begin to gently stretch and pin the knitting in place.

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Leave the piece to dry and that’s all there is to it!

Happy Making!

Emily

P.S. All the images were taken while blocking Christine’s Curtains, a free pattern available on our website and Ravelry.

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