Lauren asked me what blocking was the other day, so I thought I would share. I’ve mentioned that blocking is not something that many knitters enjoy. It is necessary for several types of knitting, especially lace. I knit the “Aideen” shawl by Dee O’Keefe two years ago when I travelled to Rhinebeck, NY for their annual Sheep and Wool Festival. If you haven’t been, please put it on your bucket list to go. New York is absolutely gorgeous in the fall. My husband has turned his nose up at traveling to the East coast, and he loved it! It’s an absolutely must do. Two years later, and I’m finally blocking my shawl!
This is the shawl laid out unblocked.
You soak the garment in water, and the wool/alpaca/fiber blooms. You get the excess water out by rolling it up in a towel.
This is a blocking mat. You can get these at your LYS or buy them online. I purchased two packages from Knit Picks, an online yarn store. I did not have enough to completely block this out like I should have, so I will need to buy one more package. The long cardboard contains long wires that you use to help block and then T-pins to pin the garment down. You will see Max in these pics. He’s everywhere I am.
Max is trying to help me, but he’s in my way, playing with the blocking wires. I had to shut him out of the room to get this done. He sure is cute though!
This is the shawl laid out and pinned down. The pattern will tell you the measurements it should be. You just flatten and pull and push until you get the correct measurements. I did not have the appropriate space of blocking mats to do this “perfectly”. The wires are thread through the inner circle, where Max is laying. The pattern called for more wires to be thread and placed along the edge between the lace and the border. I did not do this.
Here is the diagram from the pattern on what it should have looked like.
You can see mine is kinda wonky compared to the pattern. I even accidentally missed pinning a few of the picots on the edge of the scarf, but you can’t tell.
Here is the finished product.
Thank you Lauren for posing for me. You are absolutely stunning! Our grandson has a new name. It was going to be Jack. Now it’s Luke Scott Mattinson. I told Lauren he is going to be so cute that she will never put him down. She promised me should would put him down for a little bit so I could hold him. :-).
This is my oldest son, John, the dad. Both mom and dad have the cutest dimples. Luke surely will too. You never know.
I hear several people are intimidated by lace projects. Don’t be. They are not hard. It’s only yarn overs and knitting two stitches together. Not hard at all.