Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Blocking Makes a Difference

blocking the Noro Hitchhiker
December 2016
The Noro Hitchhiker came off the needles in late November, but sadly it was not blocked until December 30 when I pulled out the blocking mats for Picot Dot #2.

While the Hitchhiker pattern doesn't really require blocking, I like making the "teeth" more uniform, and blocking does that. I don't measure the teeth, but rather use the yard stick to make sure the angled edge is straight. Blocking also adds a bit of length to the shawl/scarf.

blocked and ready for gifting

Do you regularly block your knitting?


12 comments:

  1. Hum. I may borrow back my hitchhiker and block it. Especially if it makes it longer. This one is beautiful.

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  2. Not usually but it can make a big difference.

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  3. Your hitchhiker is gorgeous! I block shawls...used to block socks but no longer (except for the recent ones that ended up being so small and tight!!).

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  4. Im a bad bad one about blocking. However I will try to block my current shawl when it is finished. Allison loves blocking....She didnt get that gene from me. Your measuring stick looks like a great idea I could borrow. Thanks Teacher !! and your Hitchiker looks amazing.

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  5. I don't block my socks. I figure my FEET do that every time I wear them.

    I have made one shawl and I did block that. What a difference it made in the shawl's appearance.

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  6. Your hitchhiker is beautiful! Blocking definitely improves. Happy New Year! xo Tammy

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  7. Beautiful shawl!! I do block my knits, even things that don't need blocking like my daughter's Christmas hand towel. The blocking made all the difference in the towel especially the lace edging. I love my Knit Picks blocking squares!

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  8. It does make a difference.... I'm not great at blocking but usually make little things that doesn't need as much blocking.

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  9. That is beautiful! I block some things but not others. I never block socks or mittens anymore but shawls and scarves I do.
    Blessings
    Betsy

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  10. What a gorgeous shawl! I need to make a Hitchhiker; it's on my long list. I block some things but not all.

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  11. Stunning, this one is so pretty! I just love all the colors! :)

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  12. This is beautiful! I love the colors.

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