Do You Block Hats?

It might sound like a stupid question, but do you block your knitted hats?

The hats I’ve been making finished really quickly. I quite enjoyed doing the fair isle Panda for the hat, I think they are quite cute. I know I still need to practice more to make sure that the hat wouldn’t skew too much.

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Usually blocking helps with the shape, but I never knew how to block hats.

Because of its shape it doesn’t do flat properly, so I don’t know if it is even blockable. Do I need a dummy head to do this? Or people generally don’t block hats?

Anyway… I have to finished hats today, and they are for couples. I was thinking it might be cuter with pompom, but I am not sure if everybody likes pompom. So, I leave it at that.

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Next one?

Well, Mum asked me if I could make something for my niece for her first Chinese New Year — since I will go back to Indonesia for Chinese New Year. She likes it to be red, or any shades of red or pink. I told mum, I will look at patterns and good soft yarn for babies.

Next WIP sorted πŸ˜€

x ❀ x

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22 thoughts on “Do You Block Hats?

  1. My dad used to block his felted wool hat on one of our mixing bowls. I have used this method with lace hats, but mostly don’t bother to block hats. It works best on a bowl that has straight sides like those classic metal mixing bowls from Revere.

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  2. tonymarkp says:

    Your hats are wonderful! Blocking a hat is basically washing it and lying it flat if it’s wool. If you’re unhappy with unevenness on an acrylic hat you can steam block it.

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    • I have never steam-blocked before, and it seems and sounds a bit daunting. But I might try it later with hats that I am not going to give out as gifts… ❀ Thank you TonymarkP

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      • tonymarkp says:

        There’s no mystery to it. You just eject steam over the knitted item from an iron or a clothing steamer. Just don’t touch your knitwear with the iron. You can smooth out the item with your hands as you go. The acrylic dries pretty fast, too.

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  3. Wool and lace will look nice after blocking, acrylic and textured stitches tend to lose their fullness so basically it depends on which yarn your knitted garment is made of. I usually iron block lace hats using a small sleeve ironing board and with a wet cloth over the knitted piece. If you should ever try this t you’ll need to go easy on the the ribbed part, just pass over it lightly to avoid flattening the stitches.
    For colour-work hat like the really cute one you’ve just made a little smooth out for the stitches is just about the right thing, you can try damp hat over balloon method, or simply try pulling the (damp) hat over a towel on your head and let it sit for a few minutes, then flat dry it. Love the xiong 🐼 maos they’re adorable !!

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    • Thank you Bunny! I never thought of a ball to block a hat. That is a wonderful idea! I don’t have a ball (nobody plays ball in our house) but ball is definitely easier to get than a dummy head. ❀ x

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    • Yeah, I started blocking my stuff not so long time ago, so I am still learning the art of blocking myself 😦 Thank you Ginny… I am leaning towards not blocking the hats ❀

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  4. Ooh, those are super cute! You did such a great job on the colorwork!

    I, personally, never block hats. I would be afraid that they would get little ridges in them from the pins, but I don’t have any metal rods or a dummy head to block with either. So I leave them unblocked. I feel like it doesn’t make a huge difference anyway because they stretch when you put them on your head (unless it’s one of those slouchy hats) so it’s almost like wearing them blocks them for you?

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  5. I love how the hats turned out!❀️ I’m sorry I wish I could helping you with blocking but I don’t even know what that is as I don’t really knit that much, but good luck!❀️

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