Blocking is my favorite step of finishing a knit/crochet garment. A finished project, especially with lace pattern stitches, will benefit from this final finishing step. The photos below show the before and after. The result is a cardigan with the lace and stitch pattern opened up and smoothed out, looking polished and professional.
Blocking can be quite simple:
– soak garment in lukewarm water for 1/2 to 1 hour
– gently squeeze out water
– roll garment in towel to absorb water, repeat with another towel if necessary
– lay garment on blocking mat, gently stretch or push into shape as per the specified dimensions according to size schematic
– pin where necessary (usually the button bands require some pinning) using rust-proof pins
And that’s all there is to it!