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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Monday Mini Tip - Blocking a crescent shawl

Due to being ill this weekend, I'm posting this week's Monday Mini Tip a day late. This month, I've been running a free knitalong (KAL) for the Gondola shawl in my Ravelry Group. The idea behind this KAL was to design a shawl and for you to knit along with me while I was designing it. Over 1,000 knitters have downloaded the pattern but I doubt everyone's actually knitting it.

The Gondola shawl is currently not available but will be for sale later this month.

For those who are new to lace shawls and crescent shawls in particular, I thought it might be helpful to post a blocking video. This video is suitable for any crescent shaped shawl, not just the Gondola shawl. 

What you need:
  • a flat surface to block on - table, floor, bed.
  • something to keep your surface dry that you can stick pins into. I use Knit Pro blocking mats but you can use towels, blankets, exercise or camping mats etc.
  • pins
I also used Knit Pro Knit Blockers (Knit Pro is known as Knitters Pride in the US).

Before blocking, I soaked the shawl in lukewarm water with a little bit of wool wash for about 10 mins. Squeeze out the excess water in a towel. Be careful when lifting and handling a wet shawl that's full of water, especially if it's a big heavy shawl as it can stretch out of shape.

You can also watch the video on You Tube.

If you have any questions, please ask below. I will do blocking videos on other shapes over the coming months.

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