I’ve gotten a few questions recently about blocking. And it is kind of mysterious, so I understand the confusion. It actually took me several years of serious knitting before I started regularly blocking my projects. And let me tell you, it was amazing how much nicer my projects looked once I started blocking them.
Think of blocking like adding a squeeze of lemon or a dusting of powdered sugar to your project. It’s a flourishing touch that turns a good project into a great one. Sure, your sweater will fit, even unblocked, but it will be so much better if you do. Blocking makes your stitches more even, straightens out any little pulls and makes your knitting look more professional. And (and this is a huge bonus), it lets you cheat a little bit on the size of your finished project. Did the scarf turn out a little too small? Are your sweater’s sleeves a little too long? Blocking can fix (or at least kind of fix) it.
Over the next couple weeks, I’ll talk about how I block (of course there are as many ways to block projects as there are knitters), what you need to block a project, and what blocking can do for you.