Blocking lace is completely magical. You cast off, and have a piece of fabric that to be honest, could look like a tangled hair net, and transform it into a thing of beauty. The image above shows how different the unblocked mini-Aphaca scarf looks from the finished, blocked blanket. Blocking can be carried out with a minimum of equipment (just a clean, dry space, towel and some pins), but some extra bits and bobs can make the job far easier and faster. And faster blocking leaves more time for knitting, right?!
The following video takes you through the process of using blocking wires to stretch out a triangular shawl, including tips to ensure that your shawl is symmetrical. The second part demonstrates blocking a curved edge, also using wires.
If you need blocking wires or mats, or any other lace blocking accessories, we have a small range available in our online shop. Thursday's video will take us through using one of my latest favourite accessories – pin combs (knit blockers) – so do check back then.