How to Block Knitting Projects? Polish Your Masterpiece

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When blocking knitting projects, it’s important to remember that different fibers and stitch patterns may require different blocking methods. Always refer to the yarn label and pattern instructions for guidance. In general, start by soaking the project in cool water for at least 20 minutes, then gently stretch it to the desired size and shape before pinning it in place to dry.

Are you ready to take your knitting projects to the next level?

Blocking is a great way to make sure your work looks professional and polished.

This simple process involves wetting the piece, gently squeezing out water, shaping it, and laying it flat to dry.

With just a few steps, you can have beautiful knitted pieces that are ready for display!

Let’s get started so you can show off your hard work!

Wet the Piece

Soak the creation in liquid, then give it a light wring. This is the first step to blocking your knitting project, and there are important considerations when using this soaking technique.

Make sure you use room temperature water as hot or cold temperatures can cause the fabric to shrink or stretch out of shape. Submerge the piece completely and leave it for up to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your knitting project.

If you have used multiple colors in your project, make sure they don’t run by testing with a swatch beforehand. Once you’ve soaked your knitting project for an appropriate amount of time, it’s time to gently squeeze out water from it.

Be careful not to twist or wring too severely as this can distort the shape of your work. Instead, pat down any extra moisture with a soft towel and then lay flat on another towel so that air can circulate freely around it.

Use blockers such as pins or blocking wires if necessary to help achieve desired measurements and shapes for more intricate projects like lacy shawls and sweaters with cables or lace patterns.

When all excess water has been absorbed through towels or left to evaporate, check that all pieces are properly shaped before leaving them to dry completely – this will ensure they keep their desired form after drying also.

Place weights such as books over any curved parts that need extra shaping while drying if necessary, but be careful not to leave them wetting overnight as this could damage fibers in delicate yarns like cashmere or mohair – instead shape during the day when possible so they remain fresh and beautiful!

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Now that everything is properly set up for drying, simply let nature do its thing until all pieces are completely dry and ready to wear! With just a little bit of effort during these steps, you’ll have perfectly blocked knitting projects every single time!

Don’t forget to wet the piece before starting the blocking process!

Gently Squeeze Out Water

Now it’s time to get that excess moisture out! Give your knitting a gentle squeeze and watch the water ooze away. It is important to use the same tension as when you blocked it, so the fibers will retain their shape and not be stretched or distorted. Be careful not to over-wring or twist the fabric as this can result in stretching.

Take care to ensure that all areas are evenly wrung, paying special attention to any sections with lace patterns as these are particularly delicate. When squeezing out water from your knitting, pay close attention to how much tension you’re applying—it should be just enough stretch and tension that your knitting holds its shape while drying without becoming overly stretched or distorted. Use your fingers and thumbs to gently press on each section of the knitted fabric separately in order to evenly distribute the blocking tension throughout the piece.

Here’s a useful list for keeping track of what you need to do:

  1. Measure amount of stretch/tension applied
  2. Evenly distribute blocking tension across entire piece
  3. Pay special attention to lace patterned sections
  4. Make sure all areas are evenly wrung

Once you have finished wringing out your knitted project, lay it flat on a towel or blocking mats in order for it dry properly. This step helps ensure that all parts of your fabric have been evenly distributed and shaped correctly before drying begins, so take some extra time here if needed!

And remember: don’t hang up wet items as this can cause them to stretch out unevenly—lay them flat instead! With these tips in mind, now it’s time to move on from squeezing out water and start shaping your piece into its desired form – let’s go!

Shape the Piece

Once you’ve wet the piece and gently squeezed out the excess water, it’s time to shape it.

Place pins into the knitting at regular intervals to hold its shape as it dries.

Make sure to choose a flat and firm surface when blocking your project so that you can properly shape the piece.


Pinning your project is the finishing touch, like adding just the right accessory to an outfit – it makes all the difference.

To pin properly, you’ll need:

  • Blocking technique
  • Patience
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pinning materials, such as rustproof pins
  • Blocking mats or a foam surface if available.
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Once you have these materials ready, you can begin to shape your project on a surface and get it ready for blocking. Get creative and use different shapes to make your knitting look amazing!

Shaping on a Surface

With your materials in hand, it’s time to shape your work and get ready for the big reveal!

You have a few different blocking options available to you.

If you’re using a flat surface like a piece of foam or blocking mats, lay out the pieces on top of it. Make sure the pins are inserted vertically, so they stay securely in place while you shape the fabric.

If you don’t have any special blocking materials, an ironing board can also serve as a suitable surface.

Once your knitting is arranged how you want it, add more pins if needed and use them to keep the edges smooth and even.

Move around each piece until everything looks symmetrical and perfect—the final result will be worth all your effort!

Now that shaping is complete, it’s time to lay the piece flat so it can dry into its new form.

Lay the Piece Flat

You’ve come so far, now it’s time to flatten your work and let it dry. To block knitting projects, the last step is laying the piece flat.

There are different blocking methods that you can use depending on the timing considerations of your project and how much space you have available. Here are 4 ways to do this:

  1. Using a towel or foam mat – Depending on how large your project is, you may need to use an extra-large towel or even a foam mat for larger projects. You can pin your project into shape and then lay it out on the towel or mat until completely dry.
  2. Blocking boards – If you want to get fancy with your blocking process, there are several types of blocking boards available online or in stores that allow for more precision when shaping pieces. These boards usually come with t-pins which make them ideal for delicate lace pieces where accuracy is key in achieving great results!
  3. Ironing board – This may not be the most obvious choice but some knitters prefer using an ironing board as their blocking surface due to its size and stability—especially if they’re working on a large project like a blanket or shawl!
  4. Sweater drying rack – If you don’t have any other options at hand, a sweater drying rack can be used as a makeshift blocking surface — just make sure that it has enough room for all of your pieces!

No matter which method you choose, always remember to take into account any timing considerations before beginning the process of laying out your piece flat and letting it dry completely in order for the finished product to look its best!

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As soon as everything is arranged properly and pinned into place if necessary, all that’s left is allowing the piece to dry; ready for display!

Allow the Piece to Dry

Now that your project is pinned into place, it’s time to let it dry so it can take its beautiful shape.

There are two main ways to do this: heat drying and steam blocking. Heat drying involves laying the piece flat and allowing natural heat from your home to slowly dry it out. This method takes a while, but produces great results when done properly.

Steam blocking is a faster option; however, you’ll need an iron or steamer for this method. Simply hold the steamer above the project and allow the steam to penetrate the fibers, shaping them as they dry.

It’s important to avoid direct heat sources such as radiators or hair dryers as these could cause shrinkage or damage to your project. Make sure you also keep an eye on your knitting; if it starts curling up at any point, you may need to re-pin it in place until fully dried.

Once your knitting is completely dried out and cooled down, unpin each stitch carefully and enjoy!

Unpin and Enjoy!

After your hard work, it’s finally time to unpin and revel in the beauty of your creation!

As you remove each pin, take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come since your first stitches.

If you’re using blocking variations such as adding accessories or steaming, now’s the time to do that before moving on.

When all pins are removed, admire the finished product and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

Your knitting project has come together perfectly thanks to your dedication and attention to detail – it’s now ready to be put on display or gifted away!


You’ve done it! You’ve successfully blocked your knitting project and you’re ready to show off your beautiful work.

Blocking is an essential step for any knitter, so pat yourself on the back for taking the time to get it right. As they say, ‘measure twice and knit once’ – taking a few extra steps will ensure the best results for all of your projects.

With this newfound skill, you can now confidently take on any knitting pattern that comes your way!

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce is a knitting enthusiast and the founder of With a deep passion for the craft, Katherine aims to make knitting accessible to everyone, regardless of their skill level. Through, she provides online tutorials and resources to help others discover the joys of knitting and develop their skills.

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