BLOCKING MITTENS: A TUTORIAL BY MANDARINE’S

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

We can’t get enough of the mitten pattern from the new Autumn issue. It was delightfully named ‘Woodland Tales’ by the equally delightful Melody Hoffmann, who if you follow her blog or Instagram account you will know as the lovely Frenchwoman living among the trees in Latvia.

Melody came up with an ingenious idea for setting the lace motif so that it is at its dreamy best when you wear them out and about. So without further ado, here is the lovely lady herself with a tutorial! Thanks so much Melody! <3

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

As much as I enjoy the process of knitting, I do enjoy a good final product even more. I love to wear hand knits that look as pretty as they would be on the shelves of a store. And to archive that, blocking is mandatory. It can get quite tricky to block small objects like hats and mittens, especially when there’s a lot of lace involved. But that extra step will turn any beautiful finished knit into the most stellar piece of knitwear.

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

When I finished my pair of woodland tales mittens, I was very pleased with the result, but the pattern didn’t show very well, and because of the lace section in the middle, the mittens were all wonky. I knew that they needed a good soak, some stretchy blocking and a couple of pins to look just the way I imagined them.

So here’s a very quick tutorial for blocking your mitts, and making them as stellar as they can be.

What you need:

– Your pair of beautiful finished mitts
– Blocking pins
– A towel
– A large container
– Water
– Wool wash soap (I’m using Eucalan)
– A piece of cardboard
– A pen
– A pair of scissors
– Tape

Start by cutting your piece of cardboard in the shape of your mitten, slightly larger than the final mitten measurements. Wrap with tape.

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

Then soak your mitten(s) in the bowl filled with lukewarm water and soap. Wait for fifteen minutes, then gently roll the mittens in the towel to remove any excess water.

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

Place the mitten(s) on the mitten blocker(s) and pin. Don’t be scared to stretch. Pin, pin, and pin on the edges of the mitten(s), and also at the top and bottom of each lace motif.

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

Place the blocked mitten in a warm place, and wait until it’s completely dry.

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

Weave in the ends, and voilà!

How to Block Your Woodland Tales mitts by Melody Hoffmann of Mandarine's

I hope that you have found this little tutorial helpful. If you want to show us and share your finished (blocked) mittens, please do so! @pompommag @bmandarines / #pompommag #woodlandtales

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3 Responses to BLOCKING MITTENS: A TUTORIAL BY MANDARINE’S

  1. Carol Anderson September 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    What a marvelous idea! Thank you, Melody.

  2. Tania September 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Ingenious idea with the cardboard. Love it. Thank you for sharing this tutorial

  3. Tempestknits October 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    Just working on my first pair of these, hopefully in time for when the first snow arrives. Thank you so much for a brilliant blocking tutorial, Melody!

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