Do you block socks after you knit them?
I have a confession: if the socks I knit are for me, the Husbeast or one of the kidlets, I do not block them (gasp!)
My reasoning is that socks are self blocking - they will mold themselves to the shape of the wearer's feet. Thinking about it, this is probably true about most knitted items that are worn with negative ease (especially hats).
I block socks if one or both of the following conditions apply:
- The socks will be photographed
- The socks are a gift
There is no denying that blocking makes handknits extra beautiful. Here is a photo of my Gitter socks before blocking:
They kind of look like a crumpled mess; like they have been scrunched up in a bag for a while (which they have since they live in a project bag while I am making them).
Here they are after blocking:
Blocking socks is easy, first I bathe them in a sink of warm water with a few drops of either Soak or Eucalan:
If you are into DIY, here is a link to a tutorial for making sock blockers using dollar store placemats (the vinyl ones). Making a few of these is on my to-do list for 2016.