How to Block Alpaca Yarn

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Alpaca yarn is an animal fibre, softer than wool, that is lightweight while holding in warmth, making it a suitable choice for cool weather items. Blocking allows you to straighten yarn projects without ironing, as ironing could damage the fibres. In general, to block you wet the item, then reshape it on a flat surface to the shape you want it to take when dry. Take special care when blocking Alpaca, because the fibre becomes weak when wet.

Place your blocking board on a flat surface.

Lay your handcrafted piece on the blocking board.

Insert rustproof straight pins along the edge of the yarn piece, straightening and pressing it flat with your hands as you go.

Fill the spray bottle with cold water.

Spray water on the yarn, working across the entire piece and checking that it is fully saturated and evenly wet.

Leave the board in a location where it will not be disturbed for several hours.

Unpin and remove the handcrafted item when completely dry.

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