How to Block Crochet Lace 3 Ways

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Alpine Frost Scarf by Amy O’Neil Houck

Freshly crocheted lace, the words bring to mind lengths of gorgeous fabric with delicate stitches and gorgeous openwork. But those of us who have crocheted lace know that that is just a fantasy. Newly created lace is lumpy and springy. It’s true beauty needs blocking.

I discovered this first-hand when I crocheted my Alpine Scarf. The stitch pattern was fun and easy to memorize and the scarf was quickly finished. But the finished scarf didn’t look like the one in the pictures. Don’t despair if this happens to you. A bit of blocking and the beauty is revealed. (A tip if you are blocking your own scarf: you can block it a section at a time if your blocking board is too short.)

There are three main methods of blocking crochet: spray blocking, steam blocking, and wet blocking. Here is a short description of each technique.

Spray Blocking

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Blocking the Alpine Frost Scarf

Using either just pins or pins with blocking wires, pin your lace to the given schematic size or to your desired appearance (with projects like shawls or scarves, schematic size is not critical), spray your piece with water, and then allow the crochet to dry. This method of blocking works great for natural fibers.

Steam Blocking

Using either just pins or pins with blocking wires, pin your piece to schematic measurements or your desired size and steam them with a fabric steamer an iron. Hold your iron at least an inch above your crochet fabric, and make sure the iron does not touch the fabric. This is especially important if you are steam blocking acrylics, as they can melt.

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Wet block is probably the most common blocking method and works great for lace. Immerse your crochet in a bath of cool water. Do not run water over you crochet, especially if you are working with natural fibers and avoid agitating the fabric to prevent felting. Carefully roll your crochet in a towel to remove excess water and then pin it to size.

Now it’s time for you to crochet some beautiful lace and try your hand at blocking. We have kitted the incredible Alpine Frost Scarf. The kit includes the pattern for the Alpine Scarf and a 656-yard skein of Road to China Lace Yarn, a sumptuous blend of baby alpaca, silk, camel, and cashmere.

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Best wishes,

P.S. Share your favorite lace-crochet blocking method or tip in the comments.

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