🙊Before and after the blocking🙊

Hi guys! Today I want to show you how different the shawl looks just off the needles and after the blocking. Swipe through the gallery to see before and after shots👉.

If you’re not familiar with knitting shawls, let me explain what blocking is. Basically, blocking is washing and drying of the shawl. But it is done in a specific way. First you soak the finished shawl in a warm soapy water for 15-20 minutes, then gently twist and dry it in a towel. Afterwards the shawl needs to be pulled with needles (or rods) on a surface to get the right shape (like a triangular or a square). There it rests for a few hours until it’s completely dry. With this, the shawl dries out in a specific shape and with blocked edges and pattern becomes clearly seen on the body.

If you’ve ever knitted a shawl, didn’t block it and you wasn’t really happy with the result – I strongly recommend you to try once again but WITH blocking this time☝️. This step is extremely crucial for shawls and can not be skipped. Try it and I’m sure you will love the look of your shawl. Because it’s like magic.. (see photos for reference)✨.

As you can see, unblocked shawl was extremely small, no pattern visible whatsoever and well… just not pretty in general😝. And after blocking it became much longer (merino superwash yarn stretches perfectly during blocking😍), with clear pattern and thin and light as a feather.
I’m really happy with how this project came out. Now back to #knitting 😋 (at San Francisco, California)