November 29 2011 – thisisknit

So you spend all that time knitting your beautiful piece of lace (in these pictures, it's Jacqui's Swallowtail shawl knitted in Rowan Fine Lace), and then you set out to block it. Pins. Lots of them. If the lace has points, then it's easy, though fiddly - a pin through every point. But the straight edge is another thing. Even if you thread a length of string through the edge and then pin that, it's really hard to avoid scalloping. The answer is simple and quick: blocking wires. They make blocking neater and tidier, and they're so much faster to use than a forest of pins. They're made of stainless steel, so your dampened knitting won't get rust marks. They've got gentle rounded ends so they won't snag the fabric. And they're easy to use. Just thread them through the edge of your lace - through the points if there's points, through the straight edges if there's straight edges... ...and then pin out the wires. Because they're stiff, they need a fraction of the pins you'd usually need for the distance. Once you've used blocking wires, it's really hard to go back to the forest of pins. They make blocking lace a simple task, and they're also perfect for getting your non-lace pieces all shipshape. So if you're thinking of a gift for yourself or for a knitter of your acquaintance, these are sure to be greeted with delight. And then there'll be fewer pins stuck into the carpet, which has to be a good thing.


  • eimearee: September 16, 2020
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    Thumbs up for blocking wires even if, like me, you have wooden flooring!

  • Anneoc: September 16, 2020
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    I got to get me some of them! Bedraggled would be the kindest word to describe my simple efforts at lace knitting and pathetic attempts at blocking!

  • Janine: September 16, 2020
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    This article could not have come at a better time – I have just finished my first shawl and have ordered a blocking kit but actually had no idea what to do as I have never blocked anything before. Now thanks to This Is Knit I will be able to block happily away over the weekend

  • Knit-2-Together: September 16, 2020
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    I love this beautiful shawl, I have a beautiful lace weight yarn I’m dying to use! Thanks for the pinning info, I will definitely be needing it!

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