Stranded Knitting Blocking Tutorial

Pinwheel Mittens Blocking Tutorial at Loop London

Pinwheel Mittens made with Isager Highland in colours Curry and Chocolate on Sheltand Trader Hansel Hap, also made with Isager Highland in Curry, Chocolate, Wine, Soil and Clay.

 

Pinwheel Mittens Blocking Tutorial at Loop London

Blocking stranded knitting makes all the difference! The mitten on the left is unblocked and the mitten on the right has been washed and wet blocked.

Pinwheel Mittens Blocking Tutorial at Loop London

Foamboard cut into a template is a great way to block stranded mittens, hats and slippers. Foamboard is cheaply purchased at art supply stores and stands up to regular use. (Brown box cardboard will also work, but won’t last as long.) Cut your foamboard to the size and shape you want, after blocking. This should always be larger than your knit, before blocking, in order to stretch it.

Pinwheel Mittens Blocking Tutorial at Loop London

After soaking your knit in warm soapy water, rinse and towel dry. Insert foamboard template and leave to dry. There should be no board inside of ribbing, so that it contracts naturally. a lipstick tube has been used to block the thumb here.

Pinwheel Mittens at Loop London

Pinwheel Mittens in Madelintosh Merino Light in London Cosmopolitan (exclusive to Loop) and Asphalt.

 

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