Tutorial – Blocking a Knitted Scarf

19 Jul

My first tutorial!

Last year I finished knitting a cable scarf which had a bumpy look to it and curled at the edges.  At first I wasn’t sure how to fix this but after a bit of Googling I discovered ‘blocking’!  I read a few tutorials but they all seemed rather complicated so I have simplified things a little.  As the end result was pretty successful I thought it might be helpful to share it.  I have used this method on merino wool and blends of 70% merino wool and 30% acrylic.

Blocking – The Steam Method

You will need:

A bed
A lot of dress making pins
An iron with a good steam function

1. Lie the towels on the bed to protect the sheets from any excess water and lie the scarf on top.

2. Uncurl the edges as you go and pin the scarf to the towel.  Secure the scarf with as many pins as it takes for it to hold the desired shape – ensure that the wool is taught but not overly stretched.  Depending on the length of your scarf and the size of your bed you can pin half the scarf, go through the rest of the steps and then start again with the other half.

This is a really long scarf so I’m only pinning half at a time.

3. Turn the iron up to its highest setting and whilst holding it roughly 1″ away from the scarf, start to steam.  Work your way slowly up the length of the scarf, steaming as you go.  Be careful not to touch the scarf with the iron or your hands as it will get very hot.

Be careful with that steam!

4. Repeat step 3 a couple of times before leaving the scarf to cool and dry.

The edges will probably require extra pins.

5. After an hour or so you can begin to unpin the scarf.  If it still curls slightly at the edges then you can repeat steps 3 and 4 again, although I haven’t had to do this yet.  It will depend on the style of the scarf whether you want it to be completely flat or not.  If you are happy with the result, the scarf can be unpinned completely.

The end result – I didn’t want this scarf to be completely flat as I love the subtle waves of the cable design, however the blocking has definitely improved the shape.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them below.  This malabrigo merino wool scarf is available to purchase in my Etsy shop –

If you prefer to knit your own scarf you can also buy the pattern from The Fibre Friend on Etsy.


3 Responses to “Tutorial – Blocking a Knitted Scarf”

  1. etcher101 19 July 2012 at 11:04 am #

    That is so pretty!! I was thinking about selling some of my “crafty stuff” on Etsy but haven’t gotten up the guts yet. Good Luck!!

  2. Edi 19 July 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Love the color! This looks like a great way to get the scarf flat!


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