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Knitting Tutorial: Blocking Ruffles
There's something so lovely about ruffles with their delicate, elegant flare. Today, we are going to go over how to shape and block those beautiful ruffles to really make them pop!
Blocking ruffles is actually very easy and can be done with wet or steam blocking, depending on the fiber content. Speaking of fiber content, synthetic yarn blends are a bit trickier to block, but if you knit your ruffles with a slightly smaller needle, you'll find the denser fabric pinches the ruffle into shape without the need to follow my steps below.
To prepare, either soak your ruffled piece in a sink full of lukewarm to cool water for 15-20 minutes or, if you are steam-blocking, set up the equipment needed for steaming along with a dry ruffle piece that's ready to go. You'll also need a place to block (blocking mats, ironing board, mattress, etc.) and pins.
Lay out your ruffled project. I begin by shaping the body of the piece first and then working with the remaining fabric for the ruffled section.Step 1: Decide on the ruffle size. I tend to use my finger to make them all consistent.
Step 2: Push the fabric into the ruffle shape you desire.
Step 3: Hold in place and pin into the valley between the ruffled hills.
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 until you have shaped all the fabric.
See? Easy! I tend to think of it like shaping your hair for a fancy event and using hair spray. Now, if you wet-blocked, let it dry a good 24 hours; it should be completely dry before you unpin it. For steam blocking, take your steamer (I like continuous steam from a garment steamer) and blast away, making sure the ruffles get nice and saturated with the heat. Let cool and set for about 10 minutes.
When ready, remove the pins and admire your defined, beautiful ruffles!