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Blocking Guides - for Doilies and Snowflakes

Let it be known (as it pretty well is) that I am somewhat on the anal-retentive end of the spectrum when it comes to blocking doilies and snowflakes. I bought a big piece of foam insulation, and carved it into planks and squares, which I took a protractor, ruler, and sharpie pens to to create mathamatically exact blocking guides. I cover my boards with cling wrap, and pin away!

Since there are so many varieties of doilies and snowflakes out there - perfectly circular ones being my waterloo - I thought it would be helpful to have a set of patterns I could print out and put on my board as needed. And then I thought I might not be the only one that would find them useful.

So here are most of the ones I have thus far! Each one has hash marks evenly down each radius, and there is a version of each that has circular guides. Let me know if there is a type of guide you would be interested in having - I wouldn't mind whipping it up, and I probably will need it myself at some point.

Please note that I'm providing these guides free, but I retain the copyright. What does that mean? Don't try to sell them, or post them on your own site. Feel free to link here, however! Thumbnails are below - either save link destination, or click on an image and save.






5 Point


5 Point (Circular)







6 Point


6 Point (Circular)







8 Point


8 Point (Circular)







9 Point


9 Point (Circular)







10 Point


10 Point (Circular)







11 Point


11 Point (Circular)







12 Point


12 Point (Circular)







16 Point


16 Point (Circular)







18 Point


18 Point (Circular)







20 Point


20 Point (Circular)








24 Point


24 Point (Circular)

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posted by Unknown on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 @ 12:50 AM

4 Comments:

Blogger Anna said...

GIRL!!!Wow!!! To make guides for blocking. I am lucky to sit down a actually BLOCK a doily...let alone use a guide. I wouldn't even know how to use such a thing. What a clever and ingenious idea. Thanks for sharing them with everyone. 9:22 AM  

Blogger Kate said...

Haha :-) I know what you mean about finding the time to block, which is why I always end up with a stack of things to block at once. And then my daughter "helps". 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I shall certainly make use of these. Will no longer need to use so much guess work when I block. 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Now that is a new level of seriousness about crochet. I actually am the exact opposite and use the softest drapiest thread I can find so that I don't have to block my doilies at all. I supposed I wouldn't be able to avoid it if I did snowflakes though. 10:57 AM  

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