I block EVERYTHING! How severely depends on the desired texture and feel. I use a gravity feed iron. Cannot imagine life without it. The likelihood of an acrylic garment catching fire is greatly exceeded by the likelihood of a lazy, careless, ignorant mother tossing a carefully knitted and finished woolen sweater into a hot wash load to remove kool-aid, catsup, or grape jelly, if it is not left on a bus, or in a restaurant before it even gets dirty. Acrylics that are 'killed' become soft, drapey items that keep their shape. The Bond knitting frame is my friend. I can keep nieces and nephews in warm fashion and not cry over the loss of yarn or time.

albert's picture

O.k, listen to me now: put down the iron. Good. Now take a deep breath... and another...good. I acknowledge that the world is full of wild and dangerous mothers and children just trolling for the opportunity to demolish painstakingly knitted items- in fact, no reasonable person will attempt to deny it. Therefore our surest strategy to confound them is simply to refuse to knit at all!! That'll show 'em!!! (and also save us a boatload of cash on yarn and antacids)!

CLABBERS's picture

I have recently made two sweaters and a child's hat, all out of acrylic. Last year I made a baby blanket out of a bulky, but very soft acrylic. They have all gotten dirty, spit up on, dragged through the mud, had baby formula spilled on them, etc. The new parents I knit for have no intentions of ever blocking anything that their kid wears, and I don't blame them. They have enough to do. All the pieces have been washed and dried several times and the owners (and moms and dads) are so pleased that they are no-fuss garments. I do know that they wash them on gentle and in warm/cool water. Then they toss them in the dryer in low heat and they come out nice and soft and keep their little ones warm and cozy. Acrylic is a parent's dream and much more affordable than buying wools and wool blends that won't irritate little ones' skin. The Caron company makes a terrific yarn that holds its shape pretty well called Simply Soft. It's very inexpensive and comfortable to work with. It feels more like a Moreno wool than spun plastic.