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February 20, 2017
Blocking is an essential step in turning your hand knit items into masterfully finished products. Natural fibers will relax through the process evening out stitches, smoothing the fabric, and bringing the garment to the right shape and size. There are two main types: wet blocking and steam blocking. Today we'll focus on wet blocking.
Depending on the garment type and fiber, there are different steps to take when blocking the fabric. The first step is to soak the garment in a gentle wash per the instructions of the yarn. When removing the garment from the wash it is important to support the complete weight of the garment. The accumulated water can pull down the fibers stretching out your garment unevenly. Gently squeeze the water out without wringing and roll your garment in a towel (or two) to remove as much moisture as possible.
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