Crochet square blocking

Having a growing pile of willow squares (see previous post), I decided it was time to start blocking them ready for joining. I looked at several Pinterest pins for how to block, having never done it before, and found this to be the simplest looking method.

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Just some of the squares made so far

It requires a foam pad, bamboo skewers and a water spray bottle. I used some additional blocking pins I’d bought on Amazon too. I sprayed the squares lightly with water before pinning them to the board with the bamboo skewers in each corner. I used the blocking pins to straighten each edge. The foam pad I used is one especially for crochet blocking with grid lines printed on it to help keep edges straight, but it could be easily duplicated with a cheap piece of plain foam with hand-drawn lines.

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My blocking board

I blocked the squares in sets of four and each set took about 24 hours to dry out – so a long process!

Once removed from the board I then stored the squares under a heavy book and paperweights to keep them flat.

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Keeping the squares flat after blocking

An easy but long process (unless I buy more foam pads) to block crochet squares. Now the next job is to work out how to join the squares and add a border!

Link here: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/AewUHloMRcmHmobud9dyI-AYgPGHFIQCcnFlAlANVHfeqlAGaeqlU6w/

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Here I'll show you all the Pinterest craft, cooking and DIY projects I attempt - good and bad! Find me on Pinterest: @victoria1james or on Instagram: @victorialjames

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