I recently finished my 4th pair of socks that I have knitted toe up. These were way too small for me but perfect for friend. So I needed some new sock blockers. (For myself I followed this tutorial on making my own specific to my own feet.)
I purchased the small size of the KnitPro sock blockers in Aqua. These are made from a sturdy plastic and have cut out sections, which helps air circulate for faster drying. Initially as I unpacked the sock blockers I was a bit disappointed, they were scuffed in places and the cut out section had jagged edges.
It looked like the scuffing was from the jagged edges being sand papered a bit but they are certainly not smooth. I want to try and smooth them a bit more, but I did just go ahead and used them and they worked very well.
My socks fitted the size perfectly and blocked nicely. The stitches are even and they socks actually look like proper socks now. I will definitely always use sock blockers now. I was lazy before and only used my homemade ones once. oops!
I cannot wait to give these to my friend and see if they fit her properly. 🙂
Regarding the sock blockers, if you see them in a shop try to see how jagged the cut out bits are and pick the best set. Judging by other online reviews this is quite common, but I am sure a bit of sanding with a very light sandpaper will help too if you are worried.
Mine did not catch on my yarn even though they had jagged edges. I can recommend these, as they do the job, just be careful using them initially.
Note: I bought these sock blockers from my own money and have not received any incentive to review these.