In my free time (ha!) I’m working on the Crochet Along (CAL) I mentioned earlier. It’s a fun color palette, soft yarn, and a supreme challenge working through a pattern from a new crocheter every week (we get a new pattern each Wednesday with the plan to work up four squares – I’m two weeks behind everyone else so far – so, right on target!).
It’s the first time I’ve taken crochet blocking seriously…though there was that crazy crochet snowflake season when I realized they would only work as possible presents/snowflakes when they were blocked and starched. It involved the stove, a bulls-eye target-looking printout from the internet, one trillion pins and some unfortunate craft bead dye-bleeding (which looked as tragic as it sounds – those snowflakes are in the pile called “Never Throw It Away Because You Might Want to Use it Some Day”).
So that was traumatic and I vowed to never block again. Except on week two of the CAL I was turning out some fun trapezoid shapes that didn’t seem destined for any afghan pattern I have ever seen (or would want to crochet), so I decided to block.
Here’s what the unblocked rascals look like:
NOTE: It’s taking longer than I thought for those squares to dry…or maybe I need better blocking techniques. I’m expecting company soon so I unpinned those blue squares this morning to try to clear the area…and they quickly started shrinking right up. Hmmm…. re-pinned those suckers post-haste and am considering heat treatment. Nah – too extreme. Will unpin again soon and hope the gods of crochet connection will solve this problem for me.
2 thoughts on “WIP: Crochet Blocking”
I roll mine up in a towel and give it a press down before putting them on a blocking board and pinning saves a bit of drying time but still takes about a day and I leave them slightly longer just to makes sure they’re absolutely so they wont bone dry shrink. Has worked well so far 🙂 good luck with your blocking (ps i’m doing the rain in colour crafter and also behind haha)
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Good idea on the towel roll – thanks! I stopped following the site comments because they got so emotional and stressed, but I’m glad to be in touch with another “behind-er”! We’ll get there…eventually…! Thanks for the comments and the follow. Looking forward to seeing your site.
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