Just finished my second cowl. This one is of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. I wasn't sure if it would help to soak it and then flat dry it, but it did even out some of the stitches. I wore it for the first time today and it did the job. You'll have to pardon my expression in the pictures. I look a bit drawn and dazed, but I'm just getting over a horrendous cold and sore throat. Ah, winter!