Blocking is an essential part of the knitting process. It makes a huge difference in how your finished product looks, especially in lace knitting.
There are several ways to block a piece of knitted fabric. You can use steam, a spray bottle, or the wet blocking technique.
Regardless of the method you use, you must have a few tools at your disposal to do the job correctly. Gather some blocking wires and/or your rust-proof pins (you'll need more that you think!); a spongy surface such as a blocking board, a stack of towels, ironing board, a bed, or a carpeted floor; a tape measure; the schematics for you project; and your steamer, spray bottle, or bucket of water.
Here's a photo tutorial showing the process of wet blocking.
Pretty amazing, right?
For more about blocking, and there is A LOT more to learn, get yourself the new Interweave Knits Workshop, Blocking Knits with Anne Hanson. My friend and I just watched it and we were riveted! We couldn't believe how much there was to learn about blocking, and how interesting it was! You'll learn a lot, too, so check it out.
And if you're interested in lace shawl patterns, check out our beautiful selection!