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You can google "wet blocking wool" to find out what would work for hats. I block wool and wool blend shawls which is a different process of laying out, but I would definitely get some Soak or Eucalan. It's used in the tepid water like soap, softens the wool and leaves a faint, clean, fresh scent (there are different scents). And you don't have to rinse!

Bless you for knitting hats for our troops! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

I looked a couple of links:

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oGdXkjWz1QqSQAqmZXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE0ZnI4ZGxjBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkA1NNRTEyNl84MA--/SIG=13876ef3v/EXP=1346227107/**http%3a//techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/03/why-block-hand-knits-heres-why-and-how.html

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I wash wool hats by hand with gentle detergent and put them on a head form or balloon blown up to head size to dry (I can hang the balloons by their tie with a clothespin). If they're really stretchy, like a rib stitch, I sometimes don't block them at all and they work out fine.
 

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I wet blocked wool hat according to instructions on link, but the 1-1/2" ribbing on the edge appears to be stretched out. The dried hat did turn out to be proper size, just stretched out ribbing. Any suggestions?
 

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I would like to jump in on this topic. I knitted a hat in Paton's classic wool; hand-washed it gently in tepid water and it became huge as I was washing it. It is currently laying on a towel to dry, but it does not appear that it is going back into shape. Is this normal? Should I make my hats smaller so that when they stretch out when washing,they will fit someone? I knit for charity.
 

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aknittingnut said:
Both links come up: Not authorized by Yahoo
I know. I accessed them through Google, and McAfee, which checks everything out first, "OKed" them. No problem.

I'm not familiar with Patons yarn. However, you must be careful not to stretch the item being blocked. I recently blocked a wool poncho. It would have stretched out to an unbelievably huge size! However, I gently patted it into the dimensions I wanted. Once dry, it has stayed that way. One of the links above explains how to be very careful so that your item doesn't stretch out.
 

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Yes it will stretch out if you let it. After you let it soak take it out gently and roll it in a towel to pull as much moisture out as you can. Then on a dry towel place the hat to the size it calls for in the directions. Reshape it. If there is a lot of ribbing make sure you push that together so only the knit stitches are showing.

Wool is pretty forgiving and can take a lot of abuse. It can be pushed back into shape. This is from my experience.

BTW I generally like to use natural fibers but sometimes I screw up and buy synthetic. Made a great sweater out of synthetic yarn once and it grew, and grew and grew. I washed it in hot scolding water, put it in the dryer on high and guess what it grew even larger. I swear that yarn had a life of its own.
 

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aknittingnut said:
My shawls are not wool and two have matalic running through. That is why I said that I have to steam them (and don't have a clue how to do that) instead of block.
You can google "steam blocking acrylic." You'll find the answers to all of your questions and then some! Good luck! :p
 
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