Learn how to block granny squares to give your next project that professional look.
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Why Block Granny Squares?
The main purpose of blocking granny squares is to make sure that all the squares you are using for a given project are even in size, shape, and look.
Blocking is a process where you shape and set your crochet granny squares by pinning them in place and then misting or steaming them to even out any unevenness in size and shape, and it also gives them a more professional and polished finish.
For granny squares, blocking helps achieve the following:
- Granny squares may vary slightly in size due to tension differences while crocheting. Blocking allows you to stretch and shape each square to the desired dimensions, making them all the same size.
- It helps straighten the edges of the squares, ensuring they have clean and even sides, which is important when joining them together.
- Blocking removes wrinkles, puckering, and any unevenness in the fabric, resulting in a neater and more professional look.
- It enhances the visibility of the stitch pattern, making the design more defined and attractive.
- Squares that are blocked to the same size and shape will fit together more easily and produce a more cohesive and visually pleasing final project.
Blocking is particularly useful when making items like blankets, afghans, or garments where they need to be equal in size and shape.
However, it is not always necessary for every project, but it can greatly improve the final result, especially for projects with intricate or delicate patterns.
What To Use For Blocking Granny Squares
What to Use For Blocking Granny Squares
You can use several materials and methods to block granny squares. Here are some common options:
Blocking Boards or Mats - Specialized blocking mats are designed for crafting and can be assembled to create a flat, cushioned surface. They often have grid lines to help you align and shape your squares and can be made from wood or foam.
Foam Interlocking Floor Tiles - These tiles, often used as play mats or exercise flooring, can also serve as a budget-friendly blocking surface. They work well and can be easily stored when not in use.
Thick Cardboard or Cardstock - For small granny squares, you can use sturdy cardboard or cardstock as a blocking surface. Cover the cardboard with plastic wrap or a plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet.
Remember to ensure that your blocking surface is clean and dry before you begin, and use T-pins or blocking pins to secure your squares in place.
The choice of blocking material depends on the size of your squares and your available resources. Make sure to choose a method that suits your specific project and needs.
How To Block Granny Squares
- Granny squares
- Blocking mats or a padded surface
- T-pins or blocking pins
- Spray bottle with water (optional) or a steam iron or garment steamer (if suitable for your yarn)
Prepare your blocking surface
- Lay out your blocking mats or a padded surface on a flat, clean, and dry area. Ensure it is large enough to accommodate all your granny squares without overlapping.
Pin your granny square
- Place the granny square on the blocking surface.
- Use T-pins or blocking pins to secure the corners and edges of the square in the desired shape. Pin along the outer edges, making sure it is stretched to your preferred measurements.
Spray or steam
- If you choose to use a spray bottle, lightly mist the square with water. Be careful not to soak it; you want it to be damp, and not dripping in excess water.
- Alternatively, you can steam block by using a steam iron, but make sure it's safe for the yarn you use. Hover the iron over the square without touching it, and the steam will help set the shape. Do not touch the iron to the square to avoid damage.
Allow to dry
- Leave the pinned square to dry completely. This can take a few hours to overnight, depending on humidity and the thickness of your yarn.
- Once the square is completely dry, carefully remove the pins.
Your granny square should now be in its desired shape and size, with a neater appearance and improved stitch definition.
Repeat this process for all of your granny squares before joining them together or incorporating them into your project.
Blocking granny squares without a board, lay squares on a clean surface like a thick folded clean towel, shape them, pin the edges, mist lightly with water, let them dry, then remove pins. A blocking board is not necessary but can be helpful.
Blocking granny squares is not always essential, but it can help the squares look even in size, flatten the squares, and open up stitches which all help to give a professional look.
And it is particularly useful when joining squares for a seamless fit. However, it is not mandatory and depends on how you want your finished project to look.
To block granny squares with water, follow these steps:
1. Prepare your clean squares and measure their desired dimensions.
2. Lay squares on towels or blocking mats, shaping them and pinning the edges.
3. Use a spray bottle to dampen the squares without making them soaking wet.
4. Allow them to dry, which may take several hours.
5. Remove the pins when fully dry.
Learn To Crochet
If you are new to crochet and would like to learn more. You might like these:
- Basic crochet stitches for beginners
- How to crochet for beginners
- Crochet terms and abbreviations
- How to read a crochet pattern for beginners
- How to read a yarn label
- How to hold yarn when crocheting
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