Finishing touches for your crochet projects

Whenever I work on a crochet piece I feel a combination of dread and excitement as I near the finish.

Excitement that it will be done and I can enjoy what I have accomplished.

Dread that there are so many fussy details to attend to in order to make my piece look it’s best.

This is where I found myself with my recent rendition of the the Road Trip Scarf.

The main body of the scarf was crocheted. As were the flowers. Which were also appliqu├ęd to the scarf with the ends woven in and trimmed.

But there was something missing: the crochet scarf needed to be blocked.

Because it didn’t need a full soak, I sprayed it with plain water, and then pinned it to a blocking board, turned the overhead fan on to speed the drying, and turned my attention to another project in need of some finishing.

Regular readers may remember that a few weeks ago, I was obsessed with making flat granny square bags.

I had hit a bit of a wall deciding what to do about the straps for the bag, but last night I got an idea that just might work, so I decided that I needed to return to this series of bags.

I started with the bag based on the Better Homes & Gardens C-1 square.

There were some ends that needed weaving in:

multicolor crochet granny square
A crochet granny square with ends to be woven in

So I got out my bent-tipped yarn needle and did exactly that:

A crochet granny square for a future flat bag
The same crochet granny square with the ends woven in

Then, because I have pets who shed copious amounts of pet hair, I used a lint roller to get as much of it off the squares as I could before blocking them.

Removing dog and cat hair from a crochet granny square
Removing dog and cat hair from a crochet granny square

After a good soak and a thorough wringing out by being rolled between towels, I pinned the squares in place on two of a ten-square set of blocking tiles:

Two crochet granny squares drying
Two crochet granny squares drying

While I was doing all of that, the road trip scarf had dried, so I took the tassels I made yesterday:

Twisted tassels for a crochet scarf
Twisted tassels for a crochet scarf

and put them on the let and right corners of the scarf:

The crochet road trip scarf blocked and ready for adventure
The crochet road trip scarf blocked and ready for adventure

which is now ready to wear and ready for adventure:

The crochet road trip scarf ready to wear
The crochet road trip scarf ready to wear

Doing the finishing work of a project is not always as much fun or as satisfying as the actual crocheting is, but whenever possible, I take the few extra minutes needed to complete the finishing touches that make my crochet look as spectacular as it intrinsically is.

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