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Best blocking boards for knitting and crochet

When it comes to getting your handmade fabrics looking perfect, you need to have a knitting and crochet blocking board!

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Published: April 11, 2022 at 9:00 am
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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 knitting and crochet 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

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Best knitting and crochet blocking boards

Interlocking Foam Mats

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! They're wipe clean and meet European toy safety standards, and the textured surface will help to keep your knitted or crochet fabrics in place …as well as preventing them from sliding on wooden floors!

Buy Interlocking Foam Mats on Amazon

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Knit IQ foam blocking mats

If you want your crochet and knitted edges looking super-straight, then these foam blocking mats from KnitIQ are an excellent choice. Sometimes it can be hard to get your shapes precisely straight as you'll be pinning it by eye alone, whereas these clever mats from KnitIQ feature handy 1 inch guidelines to help you get your blocking bang on! They come with a handy storage bag and blocking pins too, meaning you can quickly and easily store them away until your next blocking project. They come as a pack of 9, and the sturdy foam used (approx 0.75" thick) means you can even put them up against a wall (a handy feature for if you're wanting to plan motif layouts before joining).

Buy Knit IQ foam blocking mats on Amazon

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Handmade mixed motif blocking board

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 knitting and crochet blocking 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.

Buy this Handmade mixed motif blocking board on Etsy

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Personalised small blocking board

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 crochet blocking board! It's 3D printed and can be customised with with a message or name up to 16 characters.

Buy a Personalised small blocking board on Etsy

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Octagonal blocking board

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.

Buy this Octagonal blocking board on Etsy

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Wondering what other kit you'll need to take your knitting & crochet to the next level? Then make sure to check out our guide to the best crochet accessories and the essential knitting tools, then you'll have everything you need to rival even the pro designers!

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Circle foam blocking mats

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!

Buy Circle foam blocking mats on Amazon

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Milwards wooden blocking board

If you want a sturdy wooden crochet 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.

Buy Milwards wooden blocking board on Amazon

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Adjustable Blocking Board by Stitching Originals

Wow, this blocking board instantly got our attention (possibly as it looks like something from a spaceship). This 3D printed adjustable crochet blocking board was designed by Dan, an enthusiast for 3D printing, challenged by his wife to create an adjustable crochet blocking board. The result is this incredible design, that allows you to stack up your motifs as well as blocking a variety of shapes - pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, triangles and squares. We think it's an inspiring combination of engineering and craft, and a genius design!

Buy this Adjustable Blocking Board from Etsy

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200 T-Pins for blocking

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.

Buy 200 T-Pins for blocking on Amazon

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KnitPro Lace Blocking Mats

Looking for some foam blocking mats but by a reputable brand that you can trust, then how about these fab lace blocking boards from KnitPro. These 30 x 30cm foam boards are great for both your knitting and crochet projects, and comes as a pack of 9 meaning you should have plenty of room for both large and small blocking.

Buy KnitPro Lace Blocking Mats on Lovecrafts

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KnitPro knit blockers

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.

Buy KnitPro knit blockers on Amazon

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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, the best stitch markers for knitting and crochet or the best luxury crochet hooks? We've also rounded up some of the best daylight craft lamps to help you see what you're doing!

Authors

Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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