Pictures 3-5 show the blocking process. I completely soaked the piece in tepid to cool water. I want every fiber to absorb water so I allowed the sweater to soak for 10 minutes. The amount of soak time will vary depending on the yarn used and the item knitted. Water causes the fibers to relax and will allow the sweater to be reshaped.
Pictures 8-9 show the sweater prepared for drying. I laid the piece flat and using my hands, I gently stroked the work to the finished dimensions, making sure the columns of stitches stayed straight. I used two pins to correct the anding.
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