Block, block, block! I cannot say it enough! It is may be the
last thing you do to finish your garment. But it is also the
most important thing you do for your
garment. Blocking will give you that professional finish. It
will also give your work wonderful drape. If you have avoided
blocking in the past, because you think it is a nuisance and
unnecessary, think again. That extra effort will reward you.
There will be some things you will not want to block. Ribbing,
for example. Or highly textured surfaces, where you want to maintain
all the bumps and valleys. But most of the time, I say, “Block,
I recommend a wet block.
Gently wash your finished scarf, shawl or other one-piece garment.
In the case of sweaters where more pieces are involved, block
each piece separately. Use a mild detergent in cool water and
let the piece(s) soak for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly with
cool water. Do not agitate your piece too much to avoid unwarranted
distortion of the pattern.
Remove the excess water by rolling each piece in a towel and
gently squeezing the roll. Unroll the towel and place each damp
piece on a flat surface. (I use the living room rug.)
First place a sheet to protect the floor and then spread
each piece out. Pull it out in all its dimensions exposing all
the loveliness of the pattern. Stretch it fully. Secure with
blocking wires and pins. In the case of lace, pull out any points
or scallops that are formed by the stitch pattern.
Allow to dry for at least 24 hours.
Then remove the pins and wires to free your garment. Now you can
delight in the full beauty of your creation.