This post is part of our free Holden Shawl Knit-Along. If you still need a copy of the free pattern, you can download one from designer Mindy Wilkes’ Holden Shawlette page here on Craftsy. While you’re at it, check out Mindy’s other great designs!
WOOT! My Holden Shawl is finished! I’m so excited to wear it! Please forgive the darkness of these pics, it’s been cloudy the last few days. The Lorna’s Laces Solemate in “Franklin’s Panopticon” really looks awesome after blocking!
Here’s a closeup of the lace points:
Here’s what my Holden looked like pre-blocking:
It looked good, but it looks better as a nice big triangle shape!
My blocking process goes like this:
1) Fill up the sink with lukewarm water and a squirt of Soak Wash.
2) Immerse the shawl and gently squish the water through.
3) Spin out the extra water in the dryer.
4) Wait for the kiddos to go to bed.
5) Pin the shawl out on top of a rug.
6) Want to wear it the next day, so dry it with the hair dryer.
How do you block your shawls? Do you use Blocking wires? Do you use a wool wash? I’m very curious about this. I’ve just ordered a set of blocking wires from KnitPicks and wonder if I’m in for a life-changing experience!
Leave a comment letting me know how you block your shawls and you could win a bottle of Soak Wash!
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Leave a comment below, letting me know how you block your shawls and you could win a bottle of Soak Wash!
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