How To: Block Alpaca Fibers!!

You may have heard of blocking before, but if not, it is very handy for that glove that just needed one more row to be even… Or, the sweater sleeve that’s shorter than the other. Though its kind of hard, and not to mention risky, to do it with your more gentle fibers, like alpaca or mohair, because it can be damaging your knitted or crocheted garment! But not to worry, that hat won’t be too tight for long.

Supplies Needed:

a Blocking Pad (a way cheaper alternative is to just buy one of those playing foam puzzle pieces in the kids section at Walmart, a blocking pad can range from $20 to even $40 and these are maybe $2)

some type of a Woolwash or Baby Shampoo (I used a type of Woolwash called Soak)

a Spray Bottle or Ketchup Bottle

Blocking Pins (or simple sewing pins work just as great)

Towels

Fill your spray bottle or ketchup bottle with lukewarm water, and add the tiniest drop of Woolwash or baby shampoo you’ve ever seen. Tightly screw on the cap and shake well. A few bubbles should appear, but only rimming the top of your bottle.

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Now lay your garment onto some towels, or your foam block. Liberally spray your garment with the spray bottle, or lightly pour over a bit of your mixture through the ketchup bottle. Now turn, and do the other side of your garment with near the same amount of the Woolwash mixture. If you see suds on the garment, you used a little too much of your soap and you will want to add some more water to the bottle.

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Set an alarm on your phone or your oven timer for 25-30 minutes. Lay your garment flat to be where you want creases.

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Once your timer has gone off, BLOT the excess water out of your garment. NEVER ring the water out of your garment. That would be practically catching it on fire and watching it burn. Do not smear the garment either. That will extract the warm  lanolin out of your garment.

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Now using your foam block pin the garment down with either sewing pins or blocking pins. Make it lay however you want, make sure to lightly stretch the garment, it should be easy to stretch. Be very gentle with the damp garment, if you are rough with it it may stretch out too much.

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Lay this out to somewhere where you don’t usually go, this way you won’t mess with it too much. I prefer to lay it on one side for 24 hours, then turn it, pin it, and let it sit for another 24 hours on the other side.

I hope your garment turns out perfectly! If you enjoyed this post, please like and share it with your friends. If you have any questions or comments please reply in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer.

Yours Truly, The Blue Eyed Crafter

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