Blanket Blocking

When I first started knitting — several decades ago now — projects were done when they came off the needles. If pieces needed to be stitched together, they were seamed and done. But more recently, I’ve become a blocking convert.

Blocking – the process of using water and shaping to truly “finish” the piece — is now the final step in my knitting projects. I first experienced the transformative power of blocking with my first lace shawl. And while the difference isn’t as dramatic in every project, blocking gives your finished work a more even, professional look.

After I’d woven in all the ends on the Siman Blanket, I spread it on the floor to admire its size and pattern — and its fluffy “waves.”


Some knitters will debate the merits of steam blocking with an iron versus the full-immersion method. I’m firmly in the full-immersion camp, preferring to plop the entire project into a sink or bath of warm water, swishing it about with some gentle soap, and rinsing.  Given all the places my knitting travels and the dribbles of tea or wine or crumbs of graham crackers amidst the stitches, I figure that a good wash is needed anyway. Warm water and a cap of Euclan swished about and then into the bath.


After a good hour of soaking and a gentle wash, I drained the soapy water and refilled with clear water for a rinse. After draining, the water-soaked blanket was heavy!


Trying not to twist, I squeezed out as much water as I could, and then wrapped and rolled it into a few bath towels. A blanket burrito of sorts!

Siman-blanket wrapped

Then I spread the whole, significantly larger blanket onto a bed, pinned it in a few spots to help hold the shape, and left it to dry for a day or so.


I couldn’t resist wrapping myself in it before folding it carefully and mailing off to sweet Hannah. I like to think of her in her chilly apartment, warmly wrapped in love.


P.S. She likes it.


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