I used a little Eucalon and lukewarm water in a dish pan to wet the shawl. I rinsed it and gently pressed out the remaining water. Then I spread it out slightly on a towel and rolled it up gently to blot out more water.
I laid out the damp shawl on my blocking board and threaded a blocking wire along the straight edge. With my hands, I stretched out the triangle to open up the pattern as much as possible. Finally, I pinned out each scallop to define the points along the edges. To be sure that my angled edges were reasonably straight and even, I used a broom handle (I couldn’t find my yardstick) as a guide for pinning the points. I blocked the shawl just before I left work and the next morning it was dry and ready to go.
If you don’t have a blocking board, I strongly suggest that you make one. Mine is a piece of plywood with two layers of yard-sale blankets covered by a piece of canvas with a printed grid. The grid is invaluableit helps me to block pieces to specific measurements and to ensure straight edges where they’re needed.
Here is a collection of fabulous Blocking Resources.
Try out this technique:
Here are some patterns where you can try out wet blocking:
• Knitting Lace Triangles
• Princess Daisy Hat