How to Block Superwash Wool

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Superwash wool is wool that has been treated with either acid or resin to prevent it from felting. Felting occurs when the scales of untreated wool bind together as a result of agitation and heat, shrinking the finished object considerably and obscuring stitch definition. Knitters and crocheters who love the feel of animal fibers but want a machine-washable item often choose superwash wool for their projects. Superwash wool is stretchier than untreated wool, making it ideal for blocking into shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Bath towel
  • T-pins
  • Steam iron
  • Distilled water
  • Spread a large towel over a surface into which you can stick pins, such as a bed, ironing board or carpet. Lay the superwash wool item on the towel.

  • Insert straight T-pins all the way around the edge of the item, stretching it into shape as you go. Use one rust-proof T-pin every 2 inches; more if you are blocking a lace shawl or scarf with sculpted edges.

  • Fill a steam iron with distilled water. Allow the iron to heat on the steam setting.

  • Hold the iron 2 inches above the pinned item. Press the steam button and hover the iron over your knitting or crochet until the yarn becomes damp.

  • Allow your work to dry before unpinning it.

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