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How to Block a Crochet Project

Congratulations on completing your crochet project! Now, it's time to give it that professional finishing touch by blocking it. Blocking is a technique used to shape and refine your crochet work, ensuring that it looks its best. In this guide, I'll walk you through the steps of blocking your crochet project, whether it's a blanket, dress, or granny square.

What is Blocking?

Blocking is the process of gently reshaping your crochet project to even out stitches, open up lacework, and create a more polished finished product. It involves wetting or steaming your crochet piece and then pinning it into the desired shape and size. Blocking is especially important for lace or intricate patterns, as it helps to showcase the stitch definition and overall design.

Materials You'll Need

Before we dive into the blocking process, let's gather the materials you'll need:

1. Blocking mats or towels: These provide a soft surface for pinning your crochet project.

2. Pins: Stainless steel T-pins or blocking pins are ideal for securing your crochet piece in place.

3. Spray bottle: Fill it with water for misting your crochet project or use a steam iron if preferred.

4. Tape measure: This will help you achieve the desired dimensions for your project.

5. Clean, flat surface: A table or floor will work well for blocking.

The Blocking Process

Now that you have your materials ready, let's move on to the blocking process:

1. Prepare your crochet piece: Gently hand wash your crochet project using a mild detergent. Rinse it thoroughly and squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or twist your crochet piece, as this can distort the stitches.

2. Choose your blocking method: There are two common methods for blocking crochet: wet blocking and steam blocking. Wet blocking is suitable for most fibers, while steam blocking is ideal for acrylic or synthetic yarns. Choose the method that suits your project best.

3. Wet blocking: Lay your clean blocking mats or towels on a flat surface. Place your crochet project on top, gently stretching it to the desired dimensions. Use your tape measure to ensure accuracy. Secure the edges of your crochet piece with T-pins or blocking pins, placing them about an inch apart. Mist your crochet project with water until it is evenly damp. Allow it to dry completely before unpinning.

4. Steam blocking: Lay your clean blocking mats or towels on a flat surface. Place your crochet project on top and gently stretch it to the desired dimensions. Use your tape measure to ensure accuracy. Hold a steam iron about an inch above your crochet piece and steam it, moving the iron in a sweeping motion. Be careful not to touch the iron to your crochet project. Allow it to cool and dry completely before unpinning.

5. Finishing touches: Once your crochet project is dry, remove the pins and admire your beautifully blocked piece. If desired, you can add a crochet edging to further enhance the finished look. There are many crochet edging patterns available online, including on our site, You Get Hooked.


Blocking is an essential step in the crochet process that adds a professional touch to your finished project. By following these steps and using the right materials, you can achieve a polished and refined look for your crochet work. Remember to take your time and enjoy the process of blocking, as it truly brings out the beauty of your crochet stitches. Happy blocking!

Dawn Fahey
Crochet History, Writing, Pattern Creation, Advanced Techniques

Dawn Fahey is a distinguished crochet expert and the author of numerous books on the craft. Her extensive understanding of the history and methods of crochet makes her an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to delve deeper into the art. Dawn's work is admired for its sophistication and her unwavering focus on the minutest details.