As I move on to more robust and chunky woolen knits, I find that the steam method of blocking just isn’t up to scratch.
Maybe the wool isn’t getting wet enough to be reshaped properly or I’m not leaving the scarf pinned in place for long enough?
Either way I thought it was time to take the plunge and try a new approach – the soak and spin method! I’ve been far too cowardly to try this in the past for fear that my scarf unravels or felts into a big fuzzball before my eyes. However, seeing as my last scarf decided to fold in on itself in such a stubborn fashion, I knew that my usual Steam Method just wouldn’t cut it.
I found this method after perusing many crafty articles online and decided to share my own experience and my own take on it:
Blocking – The Soak & Spin Method
You will need:
1. Following the instructions on your wool detergent, fill a basin or bucket with the appropriate amount of detergent and luke warm water and pop the scarf in to soak for about 10 minutes.
2. Roll the scarf up carefully in the water and remove from the bucket. Empty and refill the bucket with clean water before popping the scarf back in to rinse. Give the scarf a gentle swirl before re-rolling it up and squeezing as much water as you can out of the scarf. Be careful not to twist the scarf and support it as much as possible as you get rid of the excess water.
3. Put your rolled up scarf into the bottom corner of the pillowcase and tie a strong knot to ensure that it can’t move around. Pop the pillow case into the washing machine for a fast spin cycle. [Optional – Sit with a cup of tea and worry frantically that your scarf has somehow escaped from the pillowcase and is now getting into a right mess in your washing machine – this won’t actually happen, but I couldn’t help but stress the first time I did this!]
4. Once the spin has finished, take the scarf out and gently unfold it onto the towels – I find it easiest to spread the towels out onto my bed so no one should accidentally step on it! Gently shape the scarf into your desired width and length before pinning it down – the more pins the better to ensure it retains its shape.
I was so happy when I pulled the scarf out of the pillowcase and discovered it hadn’t miraculously untangled – I don’t know why I had been so nervous about attempting this method before! There’s actually not a lot of work involved and giving your scarf a proper wash means it smells especially nice and fresh!
This Grey Wool Ribbed Scarf was knitted using 100% British wool from Suffolk and is available to purchase in my Etsy shop.