|summer is really the wrong time of year to iron knitting|
When I first learned to knit two years ago in the USA, my friend O explained the importance of ironing your knitting before sewing it together. Simply ironing does make your knitting more manageable to work with, but that is it. Blocking your knitting however ensures that, as well as being more manageable, your knitted sections are the correct dimensions according to your pattern, in turn ensuring you have a correct fit with the finished project!
How to block your knitting
You will need to gather the following; the knitting that you need to block, a large cotton sheet folded in half a few times (to make it nice and thick), pins, a tape measure, a damp tea towel and an iron.
|image source - Lion Brand|
Pin your knitting to the correct dimensions according to your pattern. The more pins you use the better to make sure you get nice even edges! :) You may find you are stretching your knitting slightly to match the dimensions (I'm trusting of course your gauge/tension was accurate before you started knitting ... right? ;) ) but don't worry, once you've blocked, sewn, and washed your project it will relax to the correct size according to your pattern.
Lay the damp tea towel over your knitting and proceed to iron your knitting until the tea towel stops the exciting sizzling sound (i.e. it is dry). IMPORTANT make sure your tea towel is of decent quality and is damp all the way through - this will protect your knitting and the steam from the wet tea towel is what relaxes the knitting out of the curly state without burning it.
Once that is done, remove the tea towel from on top of the knitting and leave them pinned in place. They should feel a little damp so leave them like this until they are dry. This will ensure they set at those dimensions and will stay that way naturally.
|knitting after blocking - looking much more squareish now!|
Remove the pins once dry and voilà! You have blocked your knitting :) go forth and sew it all together!
I hope you found this useful! Do let me know what projects you are working on right now :)