Success! I took the advise of Carrie at Sheepish and scoured the metro Ross’ to find modular floor mats to repurpose as blocking mats. This is my first attempt at blocking; let me know if you think it’s all worth it. I decided to block both the Marching Elephants sweater and the Maile sweater.
First: soak the little guy for 15 minutes in a high quality, no rinse washing solution. I chose Eucalan from Sheepish because it’s cheaper than Soak. Plus it had a lavender scent, and I love lavender.
Then pin-er-up! Stacy at Sheepish suggested a pin about every inch or so. And you can see from the picture that I didn’t stretch the fabric to any great extent. Here’s the elephants all pinned up.
The next step is to wait.
A long while.
This is so boring! Maybe I can get a little help from mother nature. See the temperature in the thermostat on the bottom right corner?
Maybe I can use that heat to my advantage?
Hey mamma- can I get a little help here?!
So after drying over night, here are the results of the two sweaters:
Seems to be a little less nubby and a little more relaxed. What do you think? Heres the Maile comparison.
The hanger does affect the appearance of the shoulders, but I think it’s much better. I especially like how the lace details became more defined.
Well- not too bad for my first attempt at blocking. So far, I think it has the biggest effect on lace patterns, but still gives a plain stockinette pattern some clarity.
Thanks for stopping by- have a great weekend!