Care instructions for lace shawl gifts.
How to care for your new shawl
Knitting lace seems to be addictive. Possibly it’s the jigsaw-like puzzle of lining up every stitch form a pattern, or perhaps it is the exhilaration of the butterfly-from-a-chrysalis moment of blocking your shawl and discovering what you’ve really been making over those many hours.
Whatever the reason, the reality is that each of us has only one neck, and you can, generally, only wear one shawl at a time.
What to do with the others? Frequently they become gifts.
Gifting them provides the ideal excuse to make more, and makes an excellent justification for indulging in more yarn shopping. 🙂 Not to mention cheering the recipient.
However, if you’ve ever given someone a lace shawl, they have probably asked you ‘how do I wash it?’ And you’ve probably noticed their eyes glaze over as you describe soaking and blocking. No one wants their gift to become a burden, after all.
Blocking is simple enough once you’ve done it a time or two, or seen a picture, but can seem daunting to the novice.
To make the first-time-blocking process less scary, I’ve made up a variety of little A6 cards which can be slipped in with your precious gift, and referred to at leisure by the lucky recipient.
You can download the PDF here, then print and share at will. 🙂
Please note some I’ve included some for silk, which requires more gentle blocking, some with the lazy clothesline method, and some which recommend a protective covering over the blocking surface (highly recommended for shawls which will either hold a lot of water, or which you found to be non-colourfast when you soaked them yourself). Please consider which card best suits the needs of your shawl.
You may like to include the yarn label with the gift too.
So now you’ve got the perfect excuse to knit more!