Spray blocking is one of three methods of blocking your handmade item (see related articles). It is very similar to wet blocking, only you don’t soak the piece. Hence, it’s a fairly ‘quick’ method. However, with spray blocking you do not remove excess dye from your yarn, as wet blocking does. So take care and use a colour catcher when you wash your items for the first time.
- Blocking mats (available on Habbedash and Woolwarehouse).
- T-pins. I’d definitely choose T-pins over regular pins. They’re sturdier and easier to place. Whatever you choose, make sure they’re made out of stainless steel (available on Woolwarehouse and on Loveknitting (US))
- Eucalan, a leave-in yarn detergent. Technically not necessary but I would heavily recommend it! (Available on Habbedash and Woolwarehouse)
- A mist sprayer
Nice to have:
- Blocking wires (available at Habbedash)
- Blocking boards (available on Woolwarehouse)
- Sock blockers, the name says it all. They’re to easily block your socks in shape. They are available in multiple sizes. (on Woolwarehouse)
Spray blocking tutorial
1. Take your blocking board and pins and pin your item into shape. If you have picots or shells in your pattern, pay extra attention to them to really open the pattern up. You may stretch your piece a little, but make sure not to form any peaks by overstretching your yarn.
For this tutorial, I’ve used a square that I wanted to be 19cm square. After making it it was approx. 18cm in height and width, but it had lots of wrinkles and an awkward shape. I pinned it to 19 x 19cm. If you have to pin large distances such as in blankets or big shawls, blocking wires can definitely help you out.
2. If you have Eucalan, mix a little bit into the spray bottle as the instructions on the Eucalan say and fill the bottle up with water. Put your spray bottle on mist and spray the mixture all over your crochet until it is moderately wet. It does not have to be dripping, but make sure the fiber is at least moist. Give it a second round if you’re not sure if it’s wet enough.
3. Leave the piece to dry overnight. Don’t unpin it until it is completely dry. This might take up to 24 hours or even longer, depending on the fiber. Heavier yarns will take longer to dry compared to lacy and light yarns. After unpinning, you will notice your piece looks better, feels softer and has a better drape too!