I’m always amazed that blocking makes such a difference. Take this Ishbel:
And then there is my Poplar and Elm sweater. I finished the back, and it looked like it might fit a 10-year-old, pre-blocking. See?
Rather than find out that the sweater was completely the wrong size after knitting the entire sweater, I decided to block the back to make sure that it can go to the right size. It’s not dry, but without a very aggressive block, the results are looking pretty good: