From Wonky to Wonderful: Why Blocking Is the Answer to Your Knitting Woes

by Jenna Eddy on May 08, 2023

I wanted to chat with you about something that's been on my mind lately - the importance of blocking your knitting projects. I know it might sound like a hassle, but trust me, it's totally worth it! Now, to be honest, do I always block my knitting? Honestly, no, but most of the time yes!

Even though I've been knitting for years, I was nervous to block my projects at first; but, now it's become a regular (most of the time) part of my knitting!

So, here's the deal. You know how sometimes when you finish a knitting project, it doesn't quite look as good as you had hoped? Blocking can help fix that! Basically, it's where you stretch and shape your knitted item to make it look more even and polished. 

When I blocked my latest sweater, it was amazing to see how much it transformed. It went from looking like a bunch of loose stitches to a beautifully structured garment.

Blocking is so important for a few reasons,  it can help even out any wonky stitch tension (raise your hand if your yarn gauge varies!) and makes your finished object uniform. Plus, it can help set the size and shape of your item, so it stays looking just as lovely as the day you finished knitting it.

And here's the fun part - blocking can also make your knitting look even prettier! If you've ever knit lace or textured stitches, you know how they can sometimes look a little squished up. Blocking can help open up those stitches and really showcase the intricate patterns of the yarn.  Imagine… knitting a beautiful lace shawl, but the lace pattern is so tight that it's hard to see the details. That's where blocking can help

I know some folks worry that blocking might damage their knitting, but as long as you follow some simple instructions, you'll be fine. In fact, blocking can actually help your projects last longer by keeping them in tip-top shape. 

So, don't be afraid to give blocking a try! Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned knitter, taking the time to block your projects will help them look more polished and professional.

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