Washing Line

Blocking lace shawls part 2: Washing line method

23rd November 2017

Part 2 of 'Blocking lace shawls'

In part 1 we covered flat blocking with wires, you can find this here. In this edition we'll be demonstrating how to block using the 'Washing line method'. This is a really simple way of blocking triangular shawls that have a peaked edging.


– Washing line

– Clothes pegs

Washing line method pegged shawl

Peg the long straight edge of your shawl to the washing line. Use plenty of pegs, so that the straight edge is as straight as possible (unless it is meant to be scalloped; in which case, only peg the points). Check that you have stretched the shawl evenly along that edge - measure from the edge to the centre, and compare it with the other side. Then add a peg to each point on the V-shaped edges of the shawl, to provide weight to stretch out the lace patterning. 

The benefit of this approach is that it’s quick and easy to do, and great if you would struggle to keep pets or children away from your knitting when blocking indoors. If you have a fine day, your shawl will dry quickly, too. The downside is that the pegs may not stretch out the lace pattern enough for your liking, and it is more tricky to ensure that the shape has been pinned symmetrically.

About our expert

Jen Arnall-Culliford is a technical knitting editor and knitwear designer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of knitting techniques.

Part 3: Blocking on a hap stretcher, coming soon!

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