Blocking The Lace Scarf

For some reason, I absolutely adore blocking things. I don’t mean I love my knits to be blocked nicely, as I’m sure everyone loves that, but more that I love to wash and squeeze the water out of my newly finished knits, then spend forever pinning them out into perfect dimensions.

Maybe it is because it is the flush of success at having completed the knitting and bound off, or perhaps it is the joy of seeing beautiful knits shaped into perfection, but I love to make sure that every stitch is in place.

Until now I have battled with hundreds of pins at a time, but I have always fancied some blocking wires to make the job not only easier, but also more precise in creating lovely, straight lines.

blocking wires from welding rods

Point number one: These are not blocking wires. Rather, they are welding rods. Purpose-made blocking wires are just too expensive at the moment, and though I had heard of people using welding rods to great success, I wouldn’t have had a clue which ones to look for until Viv of Kismet’s Companion pointed me in the direction of this eBay auction where I picked up 20 of the 50cm rods for £3.99, and they work perfectly. They could do with a little rub with some sandpaper to round off the clipped edges, but as I don’t have any at the moment that is a job that shall have to wait.

For now, they have been pressed into action, keeping the edges of this 170cm long scarf well tamed and perfectly straight, with the use of only a dozen or so pins, rather than the 200 or more that it would usually have taken me.

And to add to my happiness, this pattern should be ready by Monday!

13 thoughts on “Blocking The Lace Scarf

  1. I’m so glad it is not just me with the passion for blocking. Don’t the wires/rods make a difference? That scarf looks really lovely. I can’t wait to see it in it’s full glory.

  2. Genious!
    I’ve seen T-Pins at the hobby store too. (not the kind of hobby store that sells yarn either, boys remote control cars, planes, etc. hobby store) A package of those was half the price of the ones I’ve seen online for knitting. hmmm.

    Such a pretty scarf too!

  3. The first time I blocked, I was amazed at how it made my lace scarf look. I didn’t think to use welding rods. The photos are beautiful.

  4. What a really clever solution! I’ve been wanting to pick up some blocking wires, maybe this is a better solution for me, too!

  5. And normal pins will work just as well as T-Pins :-) I know because when I found out my T-pins had disappeared, I had a handful of wet shawl ;-/

  6. I always used normal round-headed pins for blocking, but when I moved to Whitley Bay and had no pins there was a box of 200 T-Pins discounted by the front desk of a sewing machine shop I lived very close to, down to 50p because the plastic box was broken. I bought them simply because they were the cheapest pins in the shop. I do find them extra handy now, though, because the shape of the head allows me to insert the pins at such an angle as to anchor the blocking wires down, trapping it between the main length of the pin and one of he ‘arms’ at the top of the T shape, if that makes sense? Could easily use ‘normal’ pins if I had some, but these are all I have and make it extra, extra secure!

  7. So cute how you have pink mats! Oh boy; how long did it take you to thread up the sides of the scarf? I remember doing one and it was at least 40 mins for both sides.
    Great shots you took of its blocking.

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