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Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Mini Tip Tutorial - Blocking - Triangular Shawls

This is the first in a new series of blocking tutorials. I get asked about blocking in nearly every workshop. This series will mainly focus on blocking various shawls but I will talk about blocking sweaters and non-lacy items too. All the tutorials will be listed on my Tutorials page - scroll down to 'Blocking'.

Today, we'll cover some blocking basics as well as how to block a triangular shawl.

Blocking helps your knitting look it's best. It's essential with lace knitting but most knitted items can benefit from blocking. The only equipment you need is pins and a surface you can stick pins into. But there are other things you may find helpful. I use Knit Pro blocking mats. These are square, foam mats. You can get similar mats from hardware shops, kids jigsaw puzzles etc. I also use blocking wires  and Knit Pro Knit Blockers which are the white plastic piece in the photo below with pins. My favourite pins are t-pins. They're thicker than regular sewing pins. All my blocking equipment comes from Knit Pro (Knitters Pride in the US).

The shawl I'm blocking in today's video is the Simplicity shawl which is my easiest shawl. It takes just one 100g skein (400m) of sock yarn. The Simplicity pattern comes with a choice of a triangular shape or half-hexagon shape.

You can also watch the video here. 

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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