Blocking Hats

You’ve got a shaped piece of knitting, and a flat surface to set it out to dry. Here’s my trick for blocking hats.

The pink baby hat shown is from the eBook Wee Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead, knit in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted.

The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design).

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep color “Flora”.

7 comments on “Blocking Hats

  1. Sometimes you think that things need a complicated routine to get things done right when a lot of times the most simple ways work the best, your way is simplicity at its best……also the added bonus is you get to twirl your knitted hat on your fist how cool is that!!

  2. I use glass fish bowls. They come in various sizes suitable for a child’s to adult size hats. Turn a clean fish bowl upside down over a vase to add height. The advantages is that the hat will hang over the fish bowl so the hat hem is not stretched out and the top of the hat will have a small flat spot. The hat dries quickly.

    I have vases and fish bowls around for seasonal decorations anyway so this puts them to use temporarily at other times.

  3. I do not know how to check a gauge on a knitted hat in the round. Thanks, Also each time I knit a gauge, I feel I am wasting yarn on it and sometimes do not have enough later on. Should I not end the gauge and rewind it? Harriet Kozitsky, senior

  4. Harriet – since hats are small items to knit, it’s a good idea to skip the gauge swatch, and just start knitting the hat. You can check gauge after knitting on the actual hat for a bit. This way also keeps you from wasting yarn on a gauge swatch.

    S t a c i

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