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February 10, 2010



Gorgeous. I've never tried it before but it looks simple. Thanks.

Vicki K.

That board looks like a wonderful tool! How long does blocking "last"?


Thanks for posting this! Do you block everything you knit/crochet? I just finished my first big project (a scarf) and I was wondering if I should block it. It seems fine and doesn't curl, but could it be better with blocking?


I've had trouble blocking small projects, and it looks like I just wasn't using enough pins. Thanks for the guide, even if it is a simple process! Also, I'm going to see Wilco in Chapel Hill next month and CANNOT WAIT!


I just got your pattern and I'm so excited to start. But I was also wondering, do you have to block every time you wash your blanket?? Thanks for a great project.


So pretty! Can't wait to see it all squared up and pretty!

Melissa L.

"like Ativan for yarn" - bwa!

That last photo is so....satisfying.

Stitch Sista

I saw Wilco play in Melbourne (Australia) year before last and they were just so awesomely awesome...can't wait til they visit here again!

Blanket is beautiful too. I bought the pattern, now to get started!


Best blocking tutorial! :) I'll be treating myself to a large blocking board soon - using blocking squares (interlocking) completely changed my life in the best possible ways, so a board will be even better!

And beautiful, beautiful afghan.


Thanks for sharing! I've never blocked on of my afghans before, but now I know how. :) Melissa


I haven't crocheted in ages and may not for a while, but I enjoyed reading about blocking. As someone above me said - very satisfying to see it all work out. And interesting too. I appreciate that you have added to my information stash - who knows when someone I know will be trying to figure out how to block and afghan and now I will be able to direct them to a very informative and helpful link!



I like the spray bottle idea. I usually soak the piece in water and eucalan and then block the piece. I like the blocking board...I usually pin the item to towels on the floor! Pretty blanket!


Thank you! Good, approachable info can be so hard to find, and I totally messed up a nice lacy scarf by blocking it wrong. Next time I'll try this method. Thank you so much!


Oh, and the blanket is beautiful!


what brand of yarn did you use for this project? i just finished my first afghan and feel like the yarn is too "stretchy", is there such a thing as a soft enough yarn for a baby that holds structure well? any help is appreciated :)

Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama

This is very helpful! Thank you for posting this!


It is so beautiful, and it looks great blocked. I find blocking strangely therapeutic, though up to this point, I have just pinned things to my ironing board. I would love to get a big blocking board when I tackle a larger project.


This info was SO helpful to me! Thank you!!


A blocking board. Who knew? I've always soaked stuff on top of my bed and then wondered where I'm going to sleep that night.


Holy moly sweetie that is just absolutely gorgeous! I may have to try something just like that... soon... in the future.

Wish my bedtime was 8:45.... I could use the sleep!


This is my favorite way of blocking too. It dries quickly and is easy to manage. The only time I do anything different is if I'm working with an itchy wool and it will be against my skin. Then I like to give it a real bath with hair conditioner. That softens the itchy wool up nicely, makes the wool bloom, and smells good.

Great blocking board! I'm jealous.


I totally don't knit/crochet as you well know--but I am lusting after this amazing piece of yours. It would look really good in my bedroom. hee.

I hope you're enjoying all the sunshine, darlin'. I was in Cannon Beach on Monday and thought of you.


I was at the Wilco show last nite and it was amazing! That concert hall is wonderful and the band sounded awesome... it was my first time seeing them indoors too!


Man, oh man, that is one beautiful afghan! Wish I knew how to crochet---you made the blocking process sound very rewarding and fun. :)

The Antidote

This is jusst so timely, I was wondering "To block or not to block?". Now I have blocking board envy!

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