Blocking is the process of using steam or water on a knitted fabric and then pinning into shape. It gives knitting a smooth, professional finish. Blocking also presents the opportunity to adjust the fabric to the desired dimensions.

I like to think of blocking in these terms: Would you want to wear a carefully pressed shirt or one that was rumpled in the dryer? Answer: There is nothing wrong with an unpressed shirt or unblocked knitted garment. However, an ironed shirt and a blocked knitted garment are infinitely more impressive. You spent countless hours knitting your work of art so take the extra time to give it the professional finish it deserves! As a bonus, blocking can smooth seams, adjust the size and erase irregularities.

Like mom always said, “A job worth doing is worth doing well.”

Watch this blocking demonstration and take your knitting to the next level.


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  1. This was very helpful to me
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I am working on level one-certificate of excellence with the Knitting Guild of America. I needed some good info on blocking. You helped alot. CAK

  2. Posted October 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry that I do not have a video on double points. I prefer to use the magic loop instead of double pointed needles (see “Magic Loop” video), but I’m not sure this would help you in this instance. What are you working on? Maybe I can talk you through it or at least rescue you from the ledge!

  3. LB
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    How do you block a yarn that isn’t to get wet?

  4. Posted January 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Hold an iron over your work and give it a shot of steam. Do not press the iron to the fabric. Let me know how this works for you!

  5. LB
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Project not finished yet, but I will let you know when I”m finished and try blocking it

  6. Jill Vogin
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Any tips for using blocking wires? I am getting ready to block kal shawlette.

  7. Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I did not use blocking wires for the KAL shawlette. I just smoothed out the picots and used a few pins on the garter stitch slip stitch area. It was really a no fuss thing.

  8. Terese Pratt
    Posted December 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Am I correct in assuming that items that need blocking will need to be blocked every time the items is washed? In other words, if I make a sweater and block it, then every time it needs to be washed, it will have to be blocked afterwards?

  9. Posted December 12, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    After washing your sweater you will want to smooth it into shape. Depending on your fiber content, the sweater may hold its shape fairly well and require minimal blocking. Often a gentle shot of steam is all that is needed. Hod your iron several inches above the the garment and allow the steam to penetrate the fibers (never iron your knitting) and use your fingers to smooth into shape.

  10. Laura Powers
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink


    Can you re-block work to reshape it?

    Thank you,


  11. Posted November 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    You can reblock it, but the first blocking usually sets the shape and it only needs light blocking on subsequent tries.

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