The most wonderful thing I’ve seen in the last decade in crochet is the use of fine weight yarn and a larger-than-expected hook to create open, airy lace that blocks out like a dream.
Siew Clark, the designer of this extraordinary project, has provided by written and charted instructions.
The Stitch Talks Shawl is a perfect example of an easy stitch pattern that turns out looking amazing by using a fine weight yarn and blocking it out.
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Even light blocking is going to open up fine weight lace and you could end up being incredibly surprised at the results.
Blocking is so easy. Personally, my approach to blocking is fairly organic. I don’t use pins or wires or anything like that. It’s so easy!
Tip: It’s important that you don’t weave in the ends before blocking because stretching it out will just pull out the ends as well.
First, dip your project completely in cool water. Make sure it’s completely saturated. Squeeze it gently to remove most of the water then roll in a clean, dry towel to remove as much of the excess water as possible.
My son likes to help with this part. We roll it up and he stands on the towel and walks around on top of it. What can I say? Little boys are silly. 🙂
Now that you’ve removed as much water as possible, place your project on a large dry surface. Stretch it out and shape it. Pull out any points on the edge. Allow to dry completely before you move it. I usually put these on my bed under the ceiling fan. It’s lightweight so it dries fairly quickly, without any issues.
If you want sharper points, you may want to use pins to stretch it out and force points. I don’t ever do that because I take a more organic approach. It’s up to you, but be sure to get pins that won’t rust.
I kid you not. The first time I did this with a project, I literally cried. I simply can’t explain the difference in the project stitched versus blocked.
It’s something I really think everyone should experience for themselves. You won’t be sorry.
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