So you soak it in water:
Lay it flat, and pin the ever living crap out of it:
And when you un pin it the shawl will hold it's shape. So you go from this:
Yeah. Or another close up view. Here's an edge before blocking:
And on the blocking wires:
I actually messed up the blocking this time. I had never blocked a crescent shaped shawl before so the first time I attempted it I did this:
Which resulted in a really wonkily shaped shawl. Should have been obvious to me as soon as I pinned it down. The knitting will take whatever shape you force it too. Anyways I had to redo it:
Which resulted in pretty. Lots of pretty.
I wrote out a whole How To Block a Lace Shawl tutorial when I blocked Adamas:
For tons of great Before/After pictures check out my Shetland Triangle Shawl Post:
For a description of how to block a circular shawl (hint: INSANITY) check out my Cherry Blossom Shawl Block Party:
For blocking a Lace Hat there's my Ireland for St. Pats Hat (hint: use a plate):
And finally for a more recent example of a couple of Sock Yarn Shawls you can check out my Citizen Shawl and Girl Scout Camp Post:
Yay for Blocking!!!