A couple of weeks ago, I steamblocked
my new Allons-y
market bag and it worked out wonderfully:
So when I made a smaller market bag I decided to try wet blocking it:
|this is during blocking - that weird triangular thing is the flap of the pouch|
|this is after wet blocking and steam blocking|
Ultimately, the wet blocking was a fail. First, it took 3 full days for my project to dry; that was inside a centrally air-conditioned house, pinned to a blocking mat. Second, when it finally dried, the fabric was coarse and not very pleasant to the touch. Knitting is a tactile art and in my opinion should be wonderful to touch. So I got my iron out and steam blocked it. Just like with the larger bag, the fibre relaxed beautifully, softened up and the stitch pattern opened up exactly how I wanted it.
The moral of my story? Steam blocking cotton results in a softer and more co-operative fabric than wet blocking. Also it takes about 35 1/2 less hours to steam block.