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Blocking a Crocheted Round Ripple Afghan

Posted on June 10, 2011

I recently crocheted a six point round ripple and the center was bowl-shaped. So I looked around for a picture tutorial on how I might block the crocheted afghan. I haven’t tried blocking an afghan before as usually they lay flat but this one had an issue and I was so hoping that I could straighten it out by blocking it.

After looking around the Internet, I read several different tips on how I might do the blocking but nothing with photos. Well as I’m a visual type person, I wanted photos with step-by-step instructions. After reading a few ideas, I set out on my own and created my own picture tutorial for blocking my rumpled-up afghan.

Here is my round ripple baby afghan before blocking. As you may see, the center is all rumped up and isn’t laying flat at all.

I put down a plastic garbage bag on the carpet and then placed my afghan on it. I gently stretched the points and center and then pinned it down into the carpet to flatten it. Put your pins in at an angle to hold down your blanket as you stretch it. Push down on the center to flatten it further and move your pins to stretch the afghan until it is laying down as flat as you can get it.

Next dampen your afghan with a wet cloth or use a spray bottle to gently wet the material. With the cloth or your hand, flatten the center down and move the pins as needed to stretch the blanket flat. Move the wet cloth around as shown to moisten the yarn so it blocks evenly.

After dampening and flattening your afghan, allow it to dry completely before removing the pins and moving the blanket off the plastic. The next day my blanket was dry so I removed all the pins and the blocking was very successful as this baby afghan is relatively flat and looks much better now.

I hope you find this blocking tutorial useful. Blocking can be a great way to fix those round ripple and star afghans that just don’t like to lay flat after you finish them. Take heart and try my blocking tutorial to fix your projects should you need a little flattening.

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6 Responses to “Blocking a Crocheted Round Ripple Afghan”

  1. Mid-June Crochet Link Love Bonanza | Crochet Concupiscence
    Jun 18, 2011

    […] My Recycled Bags did a photo-rich tutorial on blocking a crochet afghan. […]

  2. LAURA
    Jul 08, 2011

    Thank you so much. I finished a afghan stitch blanket with cross stitch on it and it looked a little lop sided. I hope this tip will help, thank you again:).

  3. janice macbride
    Aug 07, 2012

    Thank you for taking your time to put this information out there. I’ve crocheted a round rug for my grandson’s room and the stitches just aren’t even from the middle to the outside I guess. I’ve already wet it and stretched and stapled it the side of the barn wall and that didn’t quite do it so I was delighted to find your instructions. I will use them today!

  4. Cindy
    Aug 08, 2012

    Janice – Oh I so hope it helps you. It worked wonders for me when my afghan was all rumpled up in the center. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  5. marie
    Nov 16, 2015

    Do you have to reblock after washing it?

  6. Cindy
    Nov 19, 2015

    Marie – It depends. When you wash it, if you lightly dry it and then lay it out flat, you should be okay and not have to re-block. Sometimes if you just dry it and see how it comes out, you might find its okay too. It just depends on how square you want it.

    Hope that helps. Best wishes to you on your project.


  1. Mid-June Crochet Link Love Bonanza | Crochet Concupiscence says:

    […] My Recycled Bags did a photo-rich tutorial on blocking a crochet afghan. […]

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