Blocking

superi's picture

Hi everyone,
So i just knitted a nice chullo hat in acryllic Lionbrand Mohair like yarn in Apple green and an off white. I would just like to know how would I go about blocking such item? I have never blocked anything before because it's all been acryllic. So should I block it or just throw it in the washer and not worry. Because that's usually that's what I do with all my store bought acryllic knitwear and they turn out fine with no shrinking. Ok, just wanted to see what some more experienced knitters thought.

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MMario's picture

toss it in the wahser washer and see what happens - it won't shrink.

You *may* want to take the wet item and "shape it" slightly as it dries flat.

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Plastic doesn't block. It's gonna be what it's gonna be. I find knitting with acrylic almost harder than with any other fibre just because it has such a maddening memory. Remember, it's not a cellular being - it's strands of plastic spit out of a teeny little nozzle in one long strand. So, the knitter has to knit it a bit more carefully as to shaping and size.

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MMario's picture

people keep saying "acrylic doesn't block" - But I've never had any problems - in fact --have less "shrink back" with acrylic then I do with wool or alpaca.

But regardless of that - you *can* still do some wet shaping on it as it dries that will hold.

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Chris Vandenburg's picture

Mike.... I miss you and your infinite sense of humor but as always you give good advice.

Chris

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