Blocking knitting or crochet (pinning it out to the correct size whilst damp) is tedious and time consuming. When you have hundreds of granny squares for a project it assumes nightmare proportions. I thought I would share with you today easy way to block your granny squares. The way that I do it saves time, effort and sanity!
I’ll keep this short, and to the point. You will need:
- Four knitting needles (metal or plastic ones and make sure they are fairly fine).
- A fairly sturdy cardboard box (I used one that holds my cat’s food sachets!)
- A felt tip pen
- A ruler
- A craft knife
- Spare cardboard (heavyweight)
This is how you use them to block your granny squares:
- On the top of your box draw out a square that is the size that you want your finished squares to be.
- In each of the four corners use the craft knife to cut a small slot.
- Push the knitting needles through the slots, make sure they are straight and mark where the point of the needle touches the bottom layer of the box.
- Cut slots in these four points too.
- Push the knitting needles through all four slots (both layers).
- Having the two layers helps them to stay straight and the right size.
- On the spare cardboard mark out two additional squares the correct size.
- Cut slots in the four corners of both square for the knitting needles.
- Check the squares fit.
- Load all your granny squares into a pillow case (this stops things unravelling!)
- Wash your granny squares according to the washing instructions on your yarn.
- Thread the damp granny squares onto the knitting needles in a stack. When the stack is half way up the needles thread on one of your card squares. Then continue until the needles are full.
- Once you have blocked your granny squares it is time to put them on a window sill to dry.
- Once you are sure they are dry take them off of the knitting needles. They should be square and a regular size ready to put them together!
No individual pinning onto towels, space saving and inexpensive. This is my idea of easy but I am always on the lookout for ways to make things easier, all tips and tricks welcome!