I'm new to the forum and looking forward to recieving lots of knitting tips.
This topic is or interest to me because lots of the patterns I have done refer to blocking mats. When I enquired in several knitting shops about them I was told that putting the finished garmet between 2 damp cloths was sufficient (the shops in question didn't stock mats so I just gave up looking)
Can someone explain to me the benefits of using a blocking mat. Is it really an essential purchase for finishing garmets?