I had to do it. The yarn looked so bad that I just couldn’t wait any longer to wash what I had knitted.
It did even out just like I had hoped. The increases formed small holes before washing, but they’re all filled out now that they’ve been washed. Phew!
I’m excited to continue on now, knowing that it’s going to look good when I’m done.
BTW, I’ve started DVRing Knitty Gritty. It’s a little hoaky but there’s some good content in there too. A recent episode with Lily Chin was better than I had expected. She shared a bunch of easy little tricks to help both new and experienced knitters.
My favorite? To keep track of which needle you used to knit a swatch, knit the needle size into the swatch by knitting in as many eyelets as the needle size (US 5 needle, 5 eyelets in the first row). There are several other good tips too — like the one on how to deal with running out of yarn when doing a long tail cast on, and how to simply (and without math) determine how to space buttonholes evenly. Check it out if you have a few moments.