Mini Tip for Blocking Gloves and Mitts

One thing I adore is the magic of blocking.   I love seeing the transformation of an ugly duckling knit into a beautiful swan!  Blocking reveals the beauty of lace, evens out stitches and you can even eek out a few cms if your sleeves are too short etc.  I am a massive fan and advocate of blocking and I block absolutely everything I knit or crochet no matter what it is, what fibre it contains, how awkward it is or how many thousand pins I use!

So that brings me to today’s post, blocking gloves and mitts.  I used to pin my gloves and mitts out flat but like blocking hats flat it done the job but could have looked so much better.   So of course, true to character,  I mulled this over until I came up with a workaround.  OK, now this isn’t the invention of the century or it won’t revolutionise the knitting world and I am sure someone else has already thought of this but it is a good tip nevertheless.  Like using a plate to block berets or a balloon to block beanies there is also an ordinary household item to help you block gloves or mitts; rubber gloves!  Here’s how:

●  Prepare your knit by either soaking or steaming, whatever is applicable for your fibre
●  Use a rubber glove that fits your hands perfectly with no tightness or looseness
●  Put the rubber gloves on and wash thoroughly, otherwise your knit will smell of rubber gloves!  You can do this by just washing your hands as normal but with the rubber gloves on.  It’s up to you, whether you want to use soap or washing up liquid
●  Dry the rubber gloves, make sure at this stage that no smell has remained, re-wash if necessary
●  Put your soaked/steamed gloves or mitts on over the rubber gloves
●  Take the gloves off and blow them up to the size of your hand.  Don’t blow them up to capacity otherwise you’ll end up with the palm part too big.  Just blow them up enough that it looks natural.  Either tie them off at the bottom, twist and tape them or use clips that you get with the type of freezer bag that holds liquids, any way that you find to stop the air escaping is good.
●  Put them somewhere safe and leave to dry.

You could use water instead of the air but I would be nervous the rubber gloves would leak!  If you knit a lot of gloves/mitts, you might find it easier to make a more permanent set of blocking rubber gloves as eventually no matter what the air will escape.   You could do this by filling them with rice or sand (though they would be heavy), toy filling, old tights etc.

Hope this helps you and let me know if you have found any novel ways of blocking

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