Bertha (bertha79) wrote in knitting,

Does steam blocking = speed blocking??

So, I am knitting my mom a Braching Out for Christams and it's about 1/4 done...I figure no problem, I'm not seeing her until 8:00 Sunday night, should be able to get it finished by Sunday afternoon at the latest. Then I realize...It's lace! It will need to be blocked! If I don't finish it until Sunday there is no way it will dry in time!

I recall hearing about people steam blocking with an iron rather than the normal dunk/pin out method. My questions are:

1. Is this a quicker method than the normal way? If I steam block it Sunday afternoon will it dry right away?

2. Will steam blocking not open up the pattern as well as dunking/pinning would? Branching out is not the most complex and detailed of lace patterns, so do you think it will be OK?

Is there some other quick way to block it that I am not thinking of? Like, could I wet it and pin it out, then iron it dry? Or would that ruin it? I am using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (65% wool, 35% silk)

Tags: technique - blocking
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