Blocking the Hemlock?

OK - I’m a Blocking Virgin! Everything I’ve knitted - I’ve never blocked so here I am with a project that I have no choice but to block. And now, I dont know what to do!!! I get the gist of blocking & how it works but my main question this this - on the Hemlock Ring Blanket - do you start the from the outside to pin it or from the center & pull it out that way?
And is cardboard OK to lay this on to pin it out? And is this sucker going to take ALOT of pins? I would think it would in each of the little loops around the edge.
(And can I add - that was the longest cast off I’ve ever done!!!)

Any help would be appreciated! -Thanks!!:thumbsup:

Minou has an excellent blogsite with helpful info on blocking. She will gladly answer any questions you might have on blocking the Hemlock Ring Blanket! http://minou14.livejournal.com/9706.html

Thanks - I’ve sent a message - hoping to get some answers. Its alot of stitches that is right now piled up in a bag to stay clean - I just want to know what to do next…want to show off my beautiful blanket! :slight_smile: