My Helen cardigan is finished, and now it’s time to block the sweater! Today I’m going to share some tips for blocking your knits. In our office we have a top-loader washing machine we use to soak and spin our knits. Before I began working here, I was hesitant to put anything hand made into a washing machine, but overtime I have learned how to use them to my advantage. You can really only do this technique with a top-loading washer—the front-loading washers don’t let you stop the cycle in the middle, which is how we manage to soak things for a good while before spinning out all the water.
With our washing machine, the water does not get “hot” at all. So choosing hot is okay for us. It is a good idea to feel the water before putting your sweater in to soak just in case. If you are at all worried go with cold or warm water. We choose a small load size because today we are just washing Helen so we don’t need too much water.
It is amazing how the spin cycle really gets all the water out of your sweater! Washing your sweaters by hand is fine—of course—but when a sweater is really wet it can get heavy and distort in shape. Spinning the water out in the machine is such a great trick to avoid this!
Now the hardest part is waiting for your sweater to dry so you can wear your it!