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I need to block the corners of a knitted afghan as they seem to pull a little. Did I hear someone used vinegar water to do the blocking? Would love to hear from you out there in Knit/Crochet Land!!!
 

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songofjoy said:
I need to block the corners of a knitted afghan as they seem to pull a little. Did I hear someone used vinegar water to do the blocking? Would love to hear from you out there in Knit/Crochet Land!!!
Vinegar and water would help to prevent crocking or dye bleed. You can block using plain water. This said, if the yarn used is a man-made fiber, you won't get the block to hold. Acrylics don't block out.
 

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Soaking for 20 minutes or more than blocking will help if your fiber is wool or wool blend. If it is acrylic, it can be blocked by steam, but be careful not to touch the iron or steamer to the blanket, it will melt. You can search "killing acrylic" to see tutorials.
 

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I used the blend. I have blocked many items but for some reason, I am having a little pull on my corners. I think I should have used a larger hook to crochet the edge around a knitted garment. Always forget that when I'm doing projects. Crocheting on knitting have to allow a little larger hook than needle.
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What kind of yarn did you use?
 

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I've used vinegar in items to set colors, etc. but I didn't know if the vinegar had a different effect on the yarn for blocking than just plain water. I don't need it for the color & crocking, so will try the plain water or steam iron. I may have to contend with that bit of tightness. I am trying to figure out if it is worth taking the whole edging up and redoing with a larger hook. In the past I have known it to need that when putting a crocheted edging on a knitted piece.
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songofjoy said:
I need to block the corners of a knitted afghan as they seem to pull a little. Did I hear someone used vinegar water to do the blocking? Would love to hear from you out there in Knit/Crochet Land!!!
Vinegar and water would help to prevent crocking or dye bleed. You can block using plain water. This said, if the yarn used is a man-made fiber, you won't get the block to hold. Acrylics don't block out.
 

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Loramarin said:
Soaking for 20 minutes or more than blocking will help if your fiber is wool or wool blend. If it is acrylic, it can be blocked by steam, but be careful not to touch the iron or steamer to the blanket, it will melt. You can search "killing acrylic" to see tutorials.
I'm aware of the iron and acrylic situation. By experience years ago, no less! LOL! I'm thinking of trying the steam and block method, but thought there was something "magical" by using vinegar.
 

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Thanks girls, for your input! I may be able to do it with just the water or steam method since there isn't anything "magical" in the vinegar tip relative to blocking itself. I may not have that much of a pull as I think and it may respond to the steam, or wet cloth with steam iron method. Again thanks for your helps!
 
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