I recently knit a a market bag from 100% cotton. The bag features an attached pocket that the bag folds into when it is not in use and acts as a hidden pocket inside the bag when the bag is open. A very clever design, if I do say so myself ;)
Normally I would not block a market bag, I would consider it self-blocking, but I wanted to make it fit nicely into its attached pouch and train the flap on the pouch to sit flat.
I chose to steam block as opposed to wet blocking because cotton is a stretchy fibre (especially when wet) and I did not want to change the shape or dimensions of the bag. I do not own a steamer, I used my trusty steam iron
The fibre relaxed beautifully! The before and after pics speak for themselves:
|before blocking and weaving|
|after blocking and weaving|
|before weaving and blocking|
|after weaving and blocking|
Blocking makes a huge difference. I will have to re-block it each time I wash it, but it took me about 2 minutes so it really isn't a huge commitment. I am working on another cotton project right now and will definitely block that one too.