I'm making my first sweater and haven't been able to find blocking mats or blocking wires. I have looked in several area yarn stores and online. I don't even know if I'm using the right wording for these items. Please help. Thank you, Debbie Retz-Hoar
Just type in blocking pins search bar . Here is a link to one or two: http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Blocking_Pins__D80590.html
http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Tools-Steel_T_Blocking_Pins-1893.html & http://www.patternworks.com/products/U35.L8/Blocking.htm .
Hope you find what you need.
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You are using the right words. Here's a quick idea. I have the blocking mats sold through outlets such a KnitPicks. However, those mats are only good for small to medium size projects. I found a relatively inexpensive solution, go to your local variety store such as K-mart or Wal-mart and check in the sporting goods section. In that section they sell lock together floor mats made of the same foam that the smaller mats are made from. They are brand name; Shock Athletic 6pk. gym flooring. When assembled they cover and area of 4' by 6'. They cost about $20. Since they lock together they can be put together in whatever configuration you need and taken apart to be stored. I just put together 4 of the panels and laid them on my bed and I have a shawl blocked on it. Works great.
As for blocking wires, the only time you need those is if you are blocking lace and want to keep the edges straight. They really aren't necessary for most sweaters. However you will need some good pins, either stainless steel or wood. I went to my local craft and sewing store, JoAnns and got several packages of 2" T-pins. These work great. Another thing that works good for pinning together your work for assembly and for blocking is quilting pin. They are longer than standard dressmakers straight pins and have a larger head. Since they were made to go through several layers of fabric and batting they are also slightly heavier.
After nearly 40 years of knitting I have found a lot of creative ways to do things. Hope this helps
You can go to the toy department in Walmart and get the kids play mats. they are about 6 dollars. They also have the T pins for blocking. For the blocking wires you can get them from Overstock,com. Before you buy the pins see how many come in the set of blocking wire. They have been having free shipping on them. They are about 18 dollars which is much cheaper then any other place I have found.