To Block or not to Block? That is the Question


April 17, 2017 by Robin, Avon Rep and Owner at Imperial Crochet

Before we even get into this discussion I have to say that, so far, I’m a non-blocker.  Let me tell you why.

It’s quite simple.  I never learned how to block.  I have looked it up online, read articles, watched some videos about it, and to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced that it’s a great idea.  My reason being, due to my admittedly limited understanding of blocking crochet pieces means if I sell, or give, my crocheted and blocked item to someone, and they decide to someday wash it, the item will lose it’s blocked appearance unless the receiver also blocks the item EVERY TIME it gets soiled.

Being a somewhat lazy laundress, I don’t think I’d want that job.  And I’m not sure anyone would be happy about having to do all that work every time they spilled a little ketchup or mustard.

So,  that’s why I prefer to hand over my unblocked crochet pieces to everyone with a kind of – what you see is what you get – attitude.


A pretty purple Festival shawl hanging after completion.

When I complete an apparel piece, I tend to leave it hang on my mannequin for a day or two, mostly to admire my own handiwork… I’m so vain when it comes to my crochet…  but also to let the stitches relax and fall into place.

I’d love it if any of you firm-blocking-believers could convince me, and the other non-blockers like myself, to get started with this whole blocking process.

And do include ideas and tips for blocking bigger pieces.

Let’s get this conversation started.  Please tell us if you block, or not, and any good, bad, or indifferent thoughts you have on blocking in the comments section.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for visiting!




15 thoughts on “To Block or not to Block? That is the Question

  1. caitlinbongers says:

    Blocking is usually nessecary when knitting lace, with crochetting blocking isn’t really nessecary. Also when using natural fibres blocking once is often enough, acrylic and nylon behaves a bit different.

    I never use non-natural yarns so I’m not familiair with those.

    If you use a mannequin that allows pins you can also try another technique that is not hard-blocking but something in between. You spray the garnment with a mixture of water and lemon juice, pin it in place with stainless steel pins and let it dry. This often makes your edges a little bit more flat.

    Also works with scarfs: Lay them out on a towel, spray, stretch out in place (pin if needed) and leave it drying. Again this is often not needed with crochet work, much more with knitting since it’s thinner and deformes faster.

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  2. essiebirdies says:

    I crocheted some shawls and never blocked them. I was just thinking about giving the blocking a try but when I read the above comments I think: why all the effort of blocking when it is not really necesarry. What you wrote about washing and hanging out on a mannequin seems a good idea for me because I have a mannequin just like yours!

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