Gloves, mittens, mitts, fingerless gloves – whatever you’re knitting to put on your hands, it will be even prettier after you have blocked it, most especially if there is any lace or cablework. In my humble opinion, every knitting project is improved by a good blocking (even if I thought it was superfluous for years, I shouldn’t have, trust me on this one). I’ve gotten several questions about how to block my Queen Anne’s Lace Gloves, which is important to do because they have lace and cable stitches! Without further ado, this is how to block knit gloves:
I like to steam block everything instead of wet blocking because I think it is easier to control (unless the project is in need of dramatic blocking like my Red Knit Duster). There’s nothing worse than permanently stretching out ribbing while blocking, which is a lot easier to do with wet blocking. If you are a seamstress, you may have a sleeve roll. If not, a rolled hand towel works just fine. Slip your glove onto the roll.
Hover just over your glove – NOT touching the yarn with the iron – and steam, steam, steam. Don’t steam over any ribbing. Let it cool and pull it off the roll and you’re done. Yes, it really is that simple. If the blocking has made your gloves a bit too large, lay them flat (without the stuffing) and give them a single puff of steam and they’ll shrink up just a little bit. If your gloves have ribbing, give it a puff of steam while un-stretched to help it stay as shrunken as possible.
I’ve found that the fingers don’t usually need to be blocked (as there aren’t usually decorative elements on them), but if you need to stretch them out a bit or block them, stuff each finger with something. Get creative and grab something from your junk drawer, it doesn’t much matter. Here I used 2 clothes pins to stretch out the finger a bit. Give it the steam treatment, wait for it to cool, and remove the stuffing.
If your pattern has elements that are knit separately (like this glove that has a separate cuff ruffle), block that part separately before attaching it to the rest of the glove.