To Wooly Board or Not?

I'm thinking that I might need a wooly board. However, I have read, on someone's blog, that you can only use them for sweaters with drop shoulders. Is this correct? Also, do you really need a wooly board? I keep reading that blocking seamless sweaters doesn't work that well without one. They are not that cheap. It seems like they wouldn't be hard to make but all the plans I have seen make cheap ones....I'm really confused....


ronhuber's picture

Many people buy them to block Fair Isle Sweaters and they usually have drop shoulders. If you look at the board, the arms come straight out from the neck and shoulders so a raglan and set in sleeve could not be blocked on one. I knit only seamless sweaters and block them on towels on a spare bed (or floor or whatever) . You just sort of smooth them into the shape you want. If, however, your sweater turns out smaller than you want you can actually pin them to the size you want and successfully add a couple inches to them. I usually use a metre stick or metal tape measure and pat the sweater into the size I want. It helps to turn up ribbed borders as you don't want them stretched out of shape and check back every hour or so and make sure you are happy with the shape and size. If you put the sweater through the spin cycle in your washing machine the drying process is not a long one. I have been successfully using shampoo and conditioner to wash and rinse my sweaters.

rc_in_sd's picture

A few years ago, I bought blocking wires (about half way down this page: and I've found them really useful for a variety of projects, including sweaters. But I'd never heard of a wooly board until now, so I can't offer a comparison.

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mrossnyc's picture

I block all my sweaters flat with no problems.

albert's picture

I have a wooly board and quite like it, though I have only blocked drop shoulder sweaters with it. I think for color knitting (stranded or woven-in) perhaps a wooly board would yield better results than flat blocking as it will even out the fabric. For plain knitting I think flat blocking is quite adequate.

QueerJoe's picture

Also, for the handy amongst us (this clearly excludes me), there are instuctions for making one:

New York Built's picture

For those who MUST have one, I do believe that Walmarts has them on sale on their website for under $45. If memory serves me, they will ship it to the closest one to you for pickup.

Not sure who's writing what your reading, but I disagree. Seamless sweaters block well without stretching over a wooly my experience and for most of my knitting friends.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Blocking? What's "blocking"? [Couldn't resist.] I use a frame for blocking shawls - similar to a take apart quilting frame - but normally flat block other things. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Buck Strong's picture

So, it sounds like I really don't need one for the seamless sweaters that I'm making.

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