Aug 6 blocking:
So I was freaked out that when this gets fully soaked…it would grow and grow
. So here’s what I did before soaking it: I laid it out on the gridded blocking table. I didn’t tug and pull the garment. I just laid it out, gently coaxing it out. Then I pinned it all around the outline of the garment, not in the knitting, but just outside of it. This forms a ‘body image’ with pins. Then, I lift out the garment and take it to the blocking bath.
When it was fully soaked (Unicorn Fiber Wash, then Unicorn Fiber Rinse) I rolled it gently in thirsty bath towels, and laid it out inside the ‘body image’ on my blocking board. If since it has grown into a monstrous size, I coaxed it back into its original size. I’ve done this before, and it is a marvelous technique! (the coaxing is smushing it with the palms of your hands, this way and that, plucking it up a bit in areas, then dropping it, and smushing it some more....all with a view to settling the stitches back into a smaller conformation)
But remember, you have to commit to this 'pinned body image outline' technique BEFORE you soak your garment! When it’s wet, it’s too late.
Edited to add:
Really glad I laid out the ‘body image’ outline with pins!
The body was very stretched out,
mostly due to the unwieldy ‘total body in one piece’ factor.
It responded well to coaxing. Really happy that the exaggerated rolled hemline tamed down when wet! yay!