I a little famous in local knitting circle for saying “it’ll block out!” But I really believe that. You would be amazed how many knitting imperfection will just block out. Now blocking is not going to move a yarn over two spots over so it will line up with it’s other yarn overs but the look and feel of many hats, shawls, sweaters, any knitted fabrics can me improved by blocking.
When I say blocking, what I really mean is soaking the item in a sink of tepid water rather than hard blocking with wires and pins. There is a time and place for hard blocking (very fine lace patterns come to mind) but most of the time a little relaxing bath make everyone happy.
So here is my method of blocking (or soaking).
Once it is almost dry, you can work with it. I usually take it to the guest room and lay the item out on the bed, shaping it to the exact measure of the pattern. Oh who are we kidding??? I just make sure it looks close to a square or rectangle or triangle or whatever shape it is supposed to be. And with a fan turned to low and the door, I leave it until it’s good and dry. Then wear and enjoy!