Blocking your newly finished mittens will give a smoother , nicer look to them.
Blocking allows the stitches to redistribute, so that they are more relaxed and uniform. Blocking gives the item a finished, professional quality.
You have put a lot of work into knitting your mittens. Taking the time to block them is well worth the effort. Having spent the time blocking your mittens you will be rewarded with a better looking pair of mittens....Time Well Spent.
And really, the initial steps to blocking your mittens takes hardly anytime at all.
Its the waiting for them to dry that seems to take forever. No you cannot use the sun to speed things along.
Blocking should be done out of direct sunlight.
Its really very simple to block mittens..
Below you will find step by step instructions
- Fill a sink or bowl with warm water (NOT HOT) Add a little detergent if you wish, although this is not necessary.
- Add knitted mittens to the soapy water. (remember, if you add soap you will also need to rinse well..That means extra steps).
- Soak mittens for about 10-20 minutes. The idea is to get the mittens totally saturated with water. Simply place them in the water...DO NOT MANIPULATE in any fashion, this means NO: squeezing, scrubbing, twisting or stretching. Remember we just want them wet.
- Remove from water
- Roll in a clean dry towel to absorb excess water. You can use some pressure on the towel. Some people lat the towel on the floor stepping on it to absorb the water...Not a good idea to lay it on carpet..remember its going to be wet.
- Lay mittens out on a clean dry towel
- Pin to desired shape using rust proof pins
- Let dry completely
Another method is to use a mitten blocker.
A mitten blocker is a form in the shape of a mitten, with holes cut into it to allow for air circulation.
To do so you would simply follow the above instructions..However, Instead of pinning them to the towel, you would them pull them over a mitten blocker,and allowing to completely dry to the shape of the form.
Caring For Knit Items
All knits will keep their shape best if folded and stored in a drawer. Never hang a knitted garment on a clothes rack, hanger, or hook. It will grow two or three times larger, depending on the type of yarn that was used. Avoid placing garments in plastic bags or boxes where moisture may collect and deteriorate the fibers.
- Kathryn Ivy - DIY Mitten Blocker
I made these mitten blockers out of No-Melt Mylar Template plastic. They are totally heat safe and can be used for both steam and wet blocking
The following Video's will take you step by step through the process of successfully knitting your first pair of mittens and fingerless gloves
The first video = Knitted Fingerless Gloves Quick And Easy, will show you step by step how to on how to sew the seam of your glove while leaving an opening for the thumb.
The next video = How To Knit Mittens.. will take you through the steps needed to knit the thumb gusset on a pair of mittens
Even if you already know how to do these things..go ahead watch the video , by doing so you may find an easier way to get through the process.
A Simple Fingerless Glove
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Faythe Payne (author) from USA on February 28, 2013:
it depends on how thick the item and the season, spring/summer things dry pretty fast..
Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on February 28, 2013:
Interesting. I used to do that with my baby's shawl. I'd put white towels all over the carpet in the living-room and then pin out all the points. As it was 2-ply wool it did not seem to take so long to dry, although everyone had to be careful where they trod for a day or so!