Alpaca yarn is an animal fiber, softer than wool, that is lightweight while holding in warmth, making it a suitable choice for cool weather items. Blocking allows you to straighten yarn projects without ironing, as ironing could damage the fibers. In general, to block you wet the item, then reshape it on a flat surface to the shape you want it to take when dry. Take special care when blocking Alpaca, because the fiber becomes weak when wet.
Things You'll Need
- Foam or cardboard blocking board
- Rust-proof straight pins
- Clean spray bottle
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Place your blocking board on a flat surface.
Lay your handcrafted piece on the blocking board.
Insert rust-proof straight pins along the edge of the yarn piece, straightening and pressing it flat with your hands as you go.
Fill the spray bottle with cold water.
Spray water on the yarn, working across the entire piece and checking that it is fully saturated and evenly wet.
Leave the board in a location where it will not be disturbed for several hours.
Unpin and remove the handcrafted item when completely dry.