Here’s my quick little summary on how to wet block hand knits. There are different methods of blocking, I will cover others at a later time, for now here’s the method I use most.
Wet blocking- Fill sink or basin with tepid water, adding a no rinse soaking detergent if desired. There are many types of these no rinse cleaning agents, two popular ones made specifically for hand knits are “Eucalan” and “Soak”. Gently set the garment into the water, submerging it with as little agitation as possible. Allow the piece to soak thoroughly. Drain the sink or basin while supporting the item to prevent stretching. Gently squeeze out excess water. To hasten drying time, you may roll the piece in an absorbent towel, being cautious to not stretch the fabric unintentionally. Next lay the piece out on your blocking surface, pinning it to the measurements in the pattern schematic. Allow to dry.