So, I’m pretty new to knitting big things such as a sweater. I just finished all the pieces to the knitty.com’s Leo Sweater for a guy friend of mine. I used an acrylic yarn because I’m cheap, and I’ve been reading on some of the threads that acrylic yarn can’t be blocked. bummed out I know that it can be machine washed and dryed which sounds nice, but does that mean I can just throw it in the wash and it’ll just come out? What are the best ways for drying it? Laid out or in the dryer? Should I seam the pieces together before I throw it in the washer?
Basically, if someone could enlighten me on how I should care for this sweater so it has a prolonged life, and even just enlighten me about the things you can do with acrylic yarn for future projects. Basically, [i]what are the rules of acrylic?[i]
Also, because its in a 5x3 ribbing, it is elastic, and I’m worried that it’s going to be “tight” on him, and like… define his muscular structure and make him look buffer then is called for. I want this to be a sweater he’ll wear and not feel silly in it, are there any suggestions about that?
Thanks for answering my many questions in advance–much appriciated.