There is nothing worse than shlubby looking knits. All that shlubbiness can be prevented with a little water, some straight pins and patience. Above are two pixie bonnets. The one on the right is just off the needles and super shlubby. The one on the left has been crisply blocked and is ready for finishing.blocking mats at most any yarn store. I would love to have one (are you listening Santa?) but am way to cheap to buy one. Honestly, I don't see the need for special equipment. For smaller items, I line my ironing board with a trash bag (glamorous, I know). For larger items, I use that same trash bag on my cardboard, fold out, cutting board. The plastic keeps the moisture from wicking through to the absorbent support surface. The main advantage to using the cutting board in my small work space, is that I can pin down the garment at the kitchen table then prop the board up against the wall, or lay it on a bed, out of the way, to dry.
Lay the garment flat on the plastic lined ironing board. Flatten out the perimeter of the garment, use straight pins to hold the shape.
Make extra sure to flatten any edges that are prone to rolling.