When it comes to finishing your knitting and crochet projects, it’s important to not overlook that one final step – blocking your fabrics! Blocking helps to ensure that your fabrics lie flat and that your edges are as perfect as they can be! One of the most popular ways of blocking is with a blocking board, and they come in a range of different types and sizes. Here’s our pick of some of our favourite blocking boards, and if you want to find out more about blocking, check out our guide on how to block crochet, how to block your knitted accessories and how to block socks
Best blocking boards for knitting and crochet
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best! These interlocking foam mats are primarily marketed for creating a soft floor option for children or for workshop floors – but they can also be used as handy and affordable blocking boards! This pack of foam blocking boards comes with 18 squares each measuring 31.5 cx 31.5cm, so when put together you can easily block large knitted or crochet fabrics for garments!
If you’re all about the crochet and knitted motifs, and like to support independent producers, then why not check out this handmade mixed motif blocking board by KSWoodShed. This handy board comes with holes for you to block both circular and square motifs, although with some clever positioning you could use it to block a whole range of different shapes.
We love a bit of personalisation here at gathered, so if you’re thinking of buying a blocking board as a gift, how about this personalised blocking board! It’s 3D printed and can be customised with with a message or name up to 16 characters.
If you want your crochet and knitted edges looking super-straight, then these foam blocking mats from KnitIQ are an excellent choice. They feature handy gridlines to help you get your fabrics lined up perfectly, plus they come with a handy storage bag and blocking pins too!
If you’re working on a project with lots of octagon motifs involved, it can sometimes be tricky getting all those angles precise with a conventional grid. Fortunately this octagonal blocking board is perfect for blocking octagons of different sizes, is made from Pine wood and with comes with 24 stainless steel pins.
Blocking circular knitted and crochet shapes can prove particularly tricky, but it’s easy with these interlocking foam blocking mats by Eseno. As well as the straight gridlines, the additional circular gridlines will help you get projects like crochet mandala’s looking absolutely spot on!
If you want a sturdy wooden blocking board, then why not treat yourself to this 30 x 30cm board by Milwards. With 12 wooden pegs and a handy recess channel to store your pegs, it’s great for blocking all sorts of crochet motifs.
If you’re blocking on foam blocking boards, then you can never have enough pins. Make sure you always have enough pins to hand with this set of 200 T-pins.
If you want to make sure you edges are definitely pinned in a straight line and don’t want to spend ages using individual pins, then these handy knit blockers from KnitPro are a handy bit of kit! They come as a pack of 20 with two different sizes, and will make your blocking so much easier.
If you’re looking for more helpful advice for your knitting and crochet purchases, why not check out our list of the best yarn packs and yarn bundles or the best stitch markers for knitting and crochet.