Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Blocking Berets

This is just a short post today on the blocking of knitted wool berets.

First, fill a basin with some cool water and add a fine wool washing product like Eucalan or Soak™. (I choose an unscented variety for items that I plan on selling.) There is no need to rinse the item with either of these products. Then follow these steps:

  1. Gently swish the beret a little and then let it soak for a while.
  2. Remove the beret from the liquid and press some of the water out by hand without wringing, twisting, or scrunching the beret.
  3. Lay the beret on a thick Turkish towel and cover it with part of the towel. Press the beret between the two layers of towel.
  4. Immediately remove the beret and give it a shake to remove any little wrinkles created in the last step.
  5. Lay the beret out flat, brim side up, and let it dry by 50-75%
  6. Put the beret over a dinner plate to shape it and let it dry thoroughly.

Below you can see the arrangement of plate and bowl that I use in blocking my berets.

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