DIY blocking board.

With the amount of squares I have been making lately, and with how warped they have been looking I decided that I needed to start blocking them.

Usually I use a sheet on the floor to block, but that means I have to take up floor space in miss 8’s bedroom, and buying blocking kits are expensive so I decided to make my own.

All it cost me was $6, the price of the tape.

Materials:

A strong cardboard box

Waterproof cloth tape

And some cotton material (I used an old cot sheet)

First trim your cardboard to the size you want your blocking board to be. Don’t worry about  folds in the cardboard, it will be sitting flat while you are using it anyway, and you can reinforce the back if you want to.

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Next seal off all of the sides with your tape. Now Place strips from top to bottom, slightly overlapping until all of one side is completely covered in tape.

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So now this side of the cardboard is waterproof, and should be protected from the moisture while we are blocking. But it doesn’t look so pretty, and needs a little something to protect it from the heat of the iron. (If you block using steam) At this point you can tape another piece of cardboard to the back if you think it is too thin, or needs some reinforcing.

So cut a piece of fabric so that it has approx 3 – 4 inches of overhang on each side. Pull it nice and taut, taping it down on the side that still has cardboard exposed.

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And here is the front:

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And now you are ready to block your pieces!

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Here are some of my ‘In a spin’ squares blocking.

 

NB your pins will get a little sticky from the glue on the tape. This is fine for blocking, but I wouldn’t go using your good sewing pins or something of the like with his board.

Happy crafting 🙂

Finished object – and a free pattern! (mostly) Knitted crochet hook holder.

Materials:

5.5 mm knitting neddles

4.5 mm knitting needles

Dk yarn [8 ply in Australia] (You can use as many or as few  colours as you like.)

4.5 crochet hook. ( I used a 4mm hook because I crochet loosely.)

In colour A using 5.5 needles co 51 stitches.

Switch to 4.5 mm needles.

Knit  4 rows

Change colour, Each time you change colour you need to keep the second tail from each colour nice and long, as this is what you will use to sew the pockets for your hooks.

knit 4 rows

Change colour

Each 4 row stripe will hold one hook, so keep going in pattern until you have the amount of stripes you need to hold your hooks. I went with 24 so I have some spares.

Weave  in your short ends, And you piece should look like this (ws):

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Dc (USsc) across the edge where your long ends are, being careful to make sure they are on the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold your case so that two thirds are resting against each other, and one third is free. Using a contrasting colour  and starting at the fold dc around the edges (US sc) crocheting the edges together where applicable.

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So the section marked purple you are just crocheting along, but the section marked in pink you are dc’ing the two edges together.

Now use your long ends and sew a line between the ridges of your garter stitch, between the colours (see the pink stitches).  I used running stitch, here is a link if you are new to sewing.  http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa040905.htm

Weave in your ends, and dc (USsc) across the bottom edge. Using the contrast yarn, join new yarn in the middle of the side and chain stitch aprox 20 cm. Do the same on the other side. Weave in all your remaining loose ends.

And you’re finished! You can use it folded in half to make a case like this:

Or as a hook roll, like this: