I’m a blocker. I block most everything that comes off my needles and hooks.
Slouchy hats, tams, berets, can be tricky to block on a standard pin-board because the don’t really lay flat. They are three dimensional. If you’re a blocker like me who feels compelled to block everything, you need a different method..
Before my hats are blocked they look less than respectable.
They need the discipline of a good blocking. There are different ways to get a hat blocked. I’ve read in plenty of places to use bowls or pie plates. That would probably work for me if I had bowls (and plates) in a dozen different sizes. But I don’t. So I use discs cut from cardboard. Then I can have a hat blocker in any size I need!
Before I show you how to make’ em and use ’em I should admit that, no, cardboard isn’t the best material for these. They get bent, they get damp, they get a little mushy and then I have to make new ones. But I always have a cardboard box or two in my living room…. because I have two cats… and they want boxes to play in… and I cater to their every whim. So when one of my hat blockers gives out, I snag a new cardboard box and get to work. If you want to make some that will last, try those hard, plastic place mats for kids. I’m sure those would work just fine.