How to Block Crochet or Knitting with Spray Starch

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

Use spray starch to block crocheted items for a light- to medium-crisp blocking finish. You can use spray starch to block almost anything, but is especially useful for blocking snowflakes, doilies, and other lacy pieces. Spray starch holds up well, but if you wash the item, you’ll need to reblock it.

1Hand wash the crocheted design with a mild soap and cool water.

Rinse the design several times to remove all soap residue.

2With a clean towel, blot out excess moisture until the design is just damp.

Use several towels, if you need them.

3Prepare a blocking surface suitable for pinning down your design.

Try using a plastic-wrap over a piece of cardboard or foam board. Wax paper also works.

4Spray one side of your design with starch and place the starched side down on your blocking surface.

Work quickly so that you get the design placed and pinned down before the starch dries.

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5With rustproof pins, pin out your design to the required dimensions.

Take extra care to shape stitch patterns.

6Spray the other side of the design.

Make sure that the fabric is lightly saturated.

7Blot excess starch from the design with a clean, dry towel.

Allow the piece to dry completely.