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Guest Blogger - HATalk E-magazine RHS Blog Post

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ever wondered how to get your knitted and crocheted hats to keep their shape? According to expert crochet artist Sarah McFall, from Yarn & Blarney in the UK, it is a good idea to 'block' your yarn creations. 


Damp blocking uses moisture to set the natural fibres of the yarn in place. It is a very gentle procedure in which a finished piece of knitting or crochet is dampened and then carefully stretched. Flat projects, such as a scarves or blankets, can pinned to a foam mat as shown here. 



It can be a little more difficult to block a hat, though, because of the shape, so we wanted to share Sarah's special hat blocking technique with you...


All you need is a hat, a balloon, a glass, a spray bottle and some water...


1) Inflate the balloon until its widest part has the same circumference as the finished hat. Use a tape measure to check this and keep adjusting the size of the balloon until you get it right - this may take a while but accuracy is important.


2) Once you are sure that you have the circumference right, tie a knot in the balloon  and place it in an empty glass or vase so that it is free standing.


3) Carefully ease the hat over the balloon, as pictured. 


4) Fill a spray bottle with room temperature water - not too hot or too cold - and spray the hat. If it is a slouchy style, get the hat really damp and then gently shape the slouch as desired. Fitted beanie styles just need a light spray. 


5) Leave the hat until it is completely dry and remove it from the balloon. 


This article was originally published in HATalk Issue 128. For more hat making tips and techniques, visit


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Debra Granich says...
Posted Thursday, March 9, 2017
This is a very helpful article. We will miss you. I hope we reconnect in the future. Thank you for all your informative blogs.
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