What is blocking?

Blocking is the process of shaping your finished work so that it matches the required measurements specified in your pattern.

You can do this by first dampening your work, with either wet cloths or a spray. Don't submerge your work as this could affect the fibres or cause the item to shrink.

Then use:

  • blocking mats and pins
  • a blocking frame
  • or by improvising and finding something that will keep your garment in the right shape.

This is similar to washing instructions that advise to "dry flat" so that the garment doesn't lose it's shape.

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