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Monday, February 06, 2017

Monday Mini Tip Tutorial - How to block a large crescent shawl

In today's tutorial I'm blocking Dartmeet which is a large crescent shawl with short rows on either side. But the tips I share in this tutorial can be used to block any crescent shape. I did a tutorial last summer on how to block my Gondola shawl which is a smaller crescent shawl. You can watch that tutorial here.

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 (Knit Pro is called Knitters Pride in the US) but you can use towels, blankets, exercise or camping mats.
  • pins.
I also use Knit Pro Knit Blockers which are useful but not essential. I've got two packs as one isn't enough.

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.

Please ask any questions you have in the comments below. You can see all the previous Monday Mini Tips and other tutorials on my Tutorials page. 

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