Knitting wool items look so…so…much better when they have been blocked. The samples show unblocked section and then after the blocking process. I use the wet block method exclusively and sometimes an additional blast of steam in selected sections.
Wet blocking consists of submersing the item in lukewarm water. I add a mild soap and gently hand wash, rinsing out the soap completely. Towel dry to absorb most of the water and then lay out and pin onto a blocking surface. Let air dry. Most often, nothing else is needed to produce a fine looking item.
My blocking surface is a styrofoam insulation board readily available, very reasonably priced from Home Improvement Centres.
Pattern: Cats Paw scarf. A free pattern from Kris Basta.