How to Block Your Work

Sometimes, especially as a beginner, when finishing a piece of knitted work, you may find that your tension can fluctuate throughout various rows. However, this is where blocking comes in. Blocking is used to even out your knitted fabric and can also help to reshape a piece that needs to have a certain silhouette, making it a very useful skill to know. 


Step 1:

Gather the tools you need. Blocking can be a different process depending on the type and size of the item you are using it on. Firstly, you need something to hold the water. This can be anything from a mixing bowl to a bathtub. Make sure to pick the right size container for the item you are blocking. You will also need a towel and a flat surface. Optionally, you can use a detergent or wool soap mixed into the water, or t-pins and blocking wires to keep your piece in a certain shape as it dries. 


Step 2:

Now that you have the tools you want to use, you can begin blocking your knitting. First, start by wetting your work in the container. It is best for the water temperature to follow the guidance from the manufacturer. 

Step 3:

Next, gently lift your knitting back out of the container and carefully squeeze as much water out as you can. Be careful and don’t wring the piece. Then, carefully wrap your knitting with the towel and gently apply pressure to get as much water out as possible.


Step 4:

Set your piece flat on a surface of your choosing, such as a bed, table, or even the floor. If you are using t-pins, choose a surface that will be able to hold the pins in place. Many people choose foam mats like the ones used for yoga. However, if you are working on pieces like hats, make sure to pick something round, like balloons. Now the blocking can begin. Use any tools you need (your T-pins or blocking wires) and leave your knitting to dry. It’s as simple as that. 



Blocking is the best way to even out your tension and get your knitting into the right shape. Don’t be fooled, however. Blocking isn’t an absolute fix. If you have forgotten to add length to a portion of your knitting, it will not magically appear after blocking, unfortunately. 


So, is uneven tension getting you down? Maybe it’s the shape of your piece not looking right? Now you know an easy solution to fix these issues and get your knitting looking even better.