Blocking is a handy technique for stretching, easing, and redistributing stitches in a finished piece of hand knitting. Whether you are preparing to sew pieces of a sweater together or simply finishing a scarf like the one shown here, blocking creates a beautifully even fabric, which makes it easy to work with and lovely to wear.
You can block any type of natural fiber for any type of garment, as long as you are gentle. The goal is to get the knitting into a desired shape without stretching it out or damaging the fibers. These directions work best (in our experience) for all types of natural fibers from mohair to cashmere, cotton, silk, and blends.