Blocking knit and crochet projects is something that a lot of people don’t do – and usually that’s just fine! While many projects would benefit from some blocking, lots do just fine without it.
However, there are times when blocking is definitely required. Lacey items, thread work like doilies and snowflakes, and small projects that curl up all benefit greatly. Blocking lace and thread lets you see the pattern, and in the case of snowflakes it’s done with glue – making that shape and pattern permanent! You can also block items by just getting them wet and shaping them to dry, like you would with a favorite sweater.
The method I want to show you here is Steam Blocking for Cotton and Acrylic. This method can be gentle or “hard.” Depending on how you handle your iron you can get very different results. A light touch, just holding the steam right above your items gives you a gentle, relaxed block. You can shape and reshape and work with your fabric to get it right.