How do you crochet a block stitch blanket?

What is the purpose of blocking crochet?

What is blocking? Blocking is essentially a way of using water to shape your crochet (or knit) fabric to achieve a more finished look. The moisture is added, the fabric is shaped and fixed (usually using pins or wires) then left to dry.

Do you need to block a crochet blanket?

Proper blocking of a crocheted garment or accessory can go a long way toward making it look and fit better, and it can help restore symmetrical balance to a misshapen afghan or rug. Blocking sets the stitches and can even enhance the drape of the fabric.

Should I wash crochet blanket before gifting?

If you received the crochet item as a gift or purchased it at a craft fair, ask the crafter or seller. Items made from unknown content should be hand-washed in cold water and dried flat. Regular wool must be washed by hand in cold water to avoid felting and shrinking.

How long does it take to block crochet?

This may take a few hours or 1-2 days depending on the fiber used and / or room temperature. Once your work is completely dry, remove the pins.

Can you block crochet without pins?

Lay your project out on a towel or blocking board. If it needs to be stretched drastically (like the lace cowl I showed at the beginning), you will want to pin down. However, with some projects (especially something that’s not lace) pinning isn’t necessary.

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