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Blocking in the Round
Lace shawl designed by Herbert Niebling, fully blocked.

Lace shawl designed by Herbert Niebling, fully blocked.

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Circular shawls (or doilies, or tablecloths) can be breathtakingly beautiful -- but the process of getting them into that glorious finished state can be intimidating to say the least.

With a few tools to make it simpler, and a little patience, however, the job of blocking can be made a lot easier.

You will need:

  • A large bowl or bucket
  • Foam play mats (Usually to be found in Walmart for at about $5 for a pack of 9)
  • unobstructed floor space for pinning out your project
  • More straight pins that you can imagine
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