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How to make blocking more effortless

October 24, 2023
By Janina Kallio

Tips for knitting and blocking shawls

I’ve got quite a few skills, but if there’s one thing I really excel at, it’s procrastination.

Want to guess what I tend to procrastinate on the most?

Blocking shawls.

Tediously threading those blocking wires along the edges of a soggy shawl is not my idea of a good time.

It. Takes. Foreeever.

Which is why you’re mostly likely to find me blocking a new shawl the night before the photoshoot, way past bedtime.

And then frantically blowdrying it the next morning.

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tricks to get this chore done with a little less ick.

Here are my best tips:

  1. Plan a reward for yourself. It could be a relaxing hot bath, a Gin & Tonic, a couple of episodes of Ginny & Georgia, or whatever floats your boat.
  2. Set the ambience with a diffuser and some essential oils. Rosemary and Jasmine are my go-to.
  3. Pop in your headphones and groove to your favourite tunes, or dive into a gripping audiobook.

Bonus tip: Choose a project that makes blocking as effortless as can be. Something like the Lighthouse shawl. With eyelet holes on each edge, inserting those blocking wires has never been easier. You’re welcome.

Lighthouse shawl pattern from Woolenberry

See the Lighthouse pattern here

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