Blocking is one of the finishing steps for most knitting projects, and the technique you choose depends on the fibre. Yarn made from bamboo is soft and breathable with a silk-like sheen, which makes it a good choice for knitting or crochet projects such as warm-weather sweaters and lace shawls. To make yarn from this cellulose fibre, manufacturers break down the bamboo plant into a liquid and force it through a spinneret to create the fibres. The result is a man-made fibre from a natural source that should be blocked carefully with no heat.

Lay the finished pieces on a flat surface. You can use any surface that can get wet and that you can push pins into, like a carpeted floor covered in a towel. Another option is a large piece of cardboard covered in plastic. You can also use a spare bed covered in towels or plastic sheeting. If you are blocking a large garment or a lot of knitting, the water-resistance of your surface will be more important.

  • Blocking is one of the finishing steps for most knitting projects, and the technique you choose depends on the fibre.
  • You can use any surface that can get wet and that you can push pins into, like a carpeted floor covered in a towel.

Pin the pieces to the size and shape you want. Consult the pattern schematic for the finished dimensions of garment pieces and use a tape measure to shape the pieces. Pin the outermost points first and then add pins along edges as needed. Curves need more pins than straight edges.

For a shawl or scarf, first pin along a straight edge and then stretch the fabric to open and reveal the design, adding pins as needed to hold the shape. If the shawl has a pointed edging, put a pin in each point to hold it.

Spray the pieces with water to get them quite wet. Add more pins if needed.

  • Pin the pieces to the size and shape you want.
  • Spray the pieces with water to get them quite wet.

Let the garment dry. Remove the pins.