My crochet is a bit hampered by my dodgy hands and wrists at the moment, but I definitely need SOMEthing yarny in my life. Blocking it is! It’s much less fun than crochet, but as you can see by the state of my squares it is definitely a step I need to take in the making of this blanket.

I started off using a tape measure to get an even square, but after a while I just went by eye as that was near enough anyway and they will settle down when I join them together. This is the first time that I’ve blocked the squares individually and as you can see, it really makes a difference.

It is surprisingly tricky to work like this with a huge bump in the way. I have to pin 4 and then walk around and take a break before pinning the next four! The yarn is Cashmerino dk and it takes a very long time to dry thoroughly once you start blocking it. I’ve only blocked Rowan Pure Wool dk before, and that dries quite fast. I think the difference must be that the Cashmerino has a microfibre content, which is known for it’s water retaining abilities (hmm, would probably get on well with my feet right now …). It takes more than 24 hours for me to block one set of these squares. It’s so worth it in the end though.

I’m still not sure how many squares I need in total but I’m looking forward to starting to join them all together. I love this blanket, it’s just how I imagined it to be :-)

15 thoughts on “Blocking!

  1. Sue says:

    I just knew that you would find a way to play with some yarn :-) I agree that the squares look much better after they have been blocked.

    I have only been crocheting since March this year after finding your blog and Lucy’s blog. I have always blocked my squares so I have not got into any bad habits. I never block my knitting though!

  2. Hahahaha! I remember with my first pregnancy we went to a craft fair. Everytime I would reach for something my belly would knock something else over. But 20 years later I think he was worth the trouble LOL!

  3. There is something about a group of crochet squares that makes me want to squeal with delight – they are gorgeous and I love the mixture of granny and solid trebles. Not long until you will be able to appreciate the delights of free movement and breathing when TTB makes his or her appearance! :-) Abigail x

  4. Pili says:

    ¡Qué lindo se ve! Colores fuertes en el centro y un color neutro en el borde. Me alegro mucho por tus semanas previas de descanso, aprovéchalas justo para eso y darte unos caprichos. Ya sabes, pies hinchados, piernas en alto… e infusión de cola de caballo.
    Me encanta tu blog, besitos.

  5. Nanita says:

    Oh my, this will be a stunning blanket! The colours are amazing, I’m actually going to check whether I can find Cashmerino dk online ;-) I’m very curious to see whether this blankie will be finished before Tiny Tin Bird arrives! :-) xxxx

  6. I love the feeling of when something you have created comes together, and your blanket is looking fabulous … the blocking is definitely worth it! I can’t wait to see it once you have joined it!! Still wishing you the best wishes for the new arrival … I can’t wait to virtually meet the little one!! x

  7. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather I think that it has been the start of Autumn since the beginning of August!!! My next door neighbour says it is going to be
    an Indian summer in September! I looked at your photo(before I read your commment) and saw you were wearing sensible footwear and
    your sister and thought to myself thats what I would do. Just right for comfortable walking. The colours in your squares are very nice and I
    like the neutral border as it sets off the colours. Blocking is something I need to bear in mind.
    Question; What stitch have you done round each square and how do you get the effect in the corner?
    Hope you have a restful bank holiday. xx

  8. Kat says:

    Please excuse my ignorance but I’m not sure what is involved, I can see from the picture that you have pinned them and they look great, but where does the water come in??

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