...even for such simple knitted things as dishcloths. Here's what I mean (pardon the off coloring in my photos):
Again, before blocking:
Blocking allows you to shape the finished item, and it makes the pattern more visible.
Notes: After I've finished knitting something, I always hand wash it. (It might be for someone with allergies, and we have a cat.) I rinse, rinse, rinse, then squeeze out as much water as I can, then roll it in a towel. Then I block it by placing it on a foam square, adding pins every inch or so, shaping it as I go. For something larger, such as a scarf or shawl, I might use blocking wires. I'll show you some of those photos another day.
Blessings and peace...