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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.





Dartmeet is still 30% off until 8 February using the coupon code: dartmeetsub.

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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