Blocking a hat

Asplund's picture

Yesterday a new way to block hats occurred to me, and since it worked I thought I'd share it with you. (A new way to me, that is - others may have had the same idea, of course!)

Considering the shape of hats I never liked blocking them flat, and now I had an idea I'd try a balloon; that way it would be possible to get exactly the size I wanted too. It worked! A lamp turned out to be the perfect place to put it to keep the whole thing upright and in place until the hat was dry. (A bonus thing is that I actually had two new hats that needed blocking, and thanks to the "balloon method" they have the same circumference.)

I hope somebody wants to try it - I'm curious what others think of it and how it turns out!

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grandcarriage's picture

I usually just roll up a

I usually just roll up a towel and pull up the center of the roll until I get the desired shape, and then stand the roll on end, but this is clever, too. A local yarn store owner who makes hats for sale during slow times hangs balloons from the ceiling with her hats on them for a display. Very brilliant idea, I thought.

Pinecone's picture

Great idea. I usually

Great idea. I usually balance a bowl upside down over a glass to block hats. This usually works fine but I like your idea even better. Beautiful hat! John

Asplund's picture

Thanks for your comments,

Thanks for your comments, guys!
Albert: yes, it's my own design - I'm using leftovers to toy with different ways to combine stripes and a spiral. I've got enough yarn for one more hat, so next project will be a similar hat. I just have to make up my mind which of my ideas to use.

cashmere knight's picture

Great job on the hat. I

Great job on the hat. I like your choice of colours.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." --Albert Einstein

Buck Strong's picture

Awesome! "A man may fight

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

purlyman's picture

I don't have a hat to block

I don't have a hat to block right now but that's a GREAT idea!!

Bill's picture

I saw those hats on your

I saw those hats on your flicker site this morning... particularly liked the overhead shot of the spiral.
Beautiful usual!

Crafty Andy's picture

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It is actually a great Idea , I heard someone said something about it, but it is nice to see a picture of it.

albert's picture

Love the idea and the hat!

Love the idea and the hat! Is it your own pattern?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

What a great idea!!! Thanks

What a great idea!!! Thanks for coming up with it. --- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.