Wet Blocking and Steam Blocking Acrylic Yarn (video #11)

How to Block Yarn

Three Methods:

Blocking yarn is an essential part in any crocheter's/knitter's work. Blocking serves to 'stiffen' your yarn, allowing you to shape it into almost anything you want. Blocking can help uncurl curled edges if you're crocheting, and will help a scarf stretch and prevent it from potentially ripping and unraveling. Blocking doesn't require anything special––you can find all the requirements at home or at your local dollar/pound store.


Water Blocking

  1. Assemble the materials.For this project, you will need:
    • Your hand-made yarn based work
    • A tub or a bowl of lukewarm water
    • A small mat or a blocking mat (found in hobby stores)
    • Thumbtacks or pins.
  2. Soak your work of yarn in the water.Make sure the water isroom temperature, as cold water and hot water can ruin your hard work and cause your work to stiffen or shrink.
  3. Once your work is thoroughly soaked, place it on the blocking mat and smooth it out.
    • Blocking mats are more expensive than normal mats. You can place your work on a soft mat, such as a yoga mat. It doesn't make any difference.
  4. Once you have smoothed out your work, take the box of pins and adjust the wool in whichever shape or form that you want it be. Apply the pins all over your work, until you are satisfied with how it looks. However, be sure to apply the pins straight, because once you block your work,you can't undo anything.
    • If you are blocking a scarf, using the pins, you can take the edges of the scarf to uncurl them and pin them on so they stretch.
    • You can get as carried away as you want––apply as many pins as you like. However, make sure you like how your work looks before letting it dry. Once you block it, you can't undo anything.
  5. Let your work dry thoroughly.Let it dry in a nice place, away from direct sun and too much heat. Once dried, your work is now water-blocked.


This blocking type is good for weight-worsted yarns, as they are stretchy and water-blocking can cause it to open too much.

  1. Gather the materials.For this project, you will need:
    • Your yarn-based work
    • Pins or thumbtacks
    • A spray bottle filled with lukewarm water.
  2. Note that the blocking process is different this time.Pin your yarn work downbeforeblocking. Make sure that you like how it looks before spraying.
  3. Fill the spray bottle with water.Then spray away! This is much easier to do as you won't have to deal with heavy, wet yarn.
  4. Let your yarn dry thoroughly.Once dried, the yarn-based work is blocked.


This process is a bit harder than the previous two. This process is suitable only for adults or teens under supervision, as it is easy to get burnt from this method if sufficient care is not taken.

  1. Gather the materials.For this project, you will need:
    • Your yarn-based work
    • Pins or thumbtacks
    • An iron.
  2. Pin your work down on the mat.Heat the iron fully (on some irons you have to wait until the little red light turns off).
    • A fully-heated iron is best, because then you can do the blocking faster.
  3. Once your yarn-based work is pinned, use the steam button on the iron and steam the wool.Be careful, you will have to adjust the yarn-based work a bit every time, don't burn your fingers!
  4. Let your work dry.The drying process will only take about an hour, unlike the previous two methods.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Do I have to block every time I wash an item?
    Top Answerer
    Blocking of wool causes a felting effect where the fibers lock into each other. Most wool items also shrink in hot water. Mixed fiber content may not need to be blocked every time after washing. Refer to the product label to determine how your final item will behave with washing.
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  • You can block in sections if your scarf is too long. For example, if knitting a Tom Baker Scarf, you would want to block in sections of 3 colours and in steam-blocking, because the method is faster.
  • Do more research! Look up your type of yarn and the best ways for blocking it.


  • Weave in the yarn ends first before blocking. What many people do it weave in after blocking, but it can cause the loose ends to unravel. Blocking can again 'stiffen' the wool a bit, and so will prevent loose ends from unraveling.

Video: How To Steam Block Acrylic Yarn Projects, Episode 410

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