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TrueIconoclast
01-03-2011, 10:22 PM
I just learned ribbing about a week ago, and I've been practicing like crazy. I've gotten much better, but my ribbing still looks kind of unruly. I read that blocking is used to even out stitches and make the piece look more uniform. So here's my questions:

Can I block ribbing? The pattern I am following says to block except for the ribbing, and I'm not sure if it says to not block the ribbing because it can't be blocked, because it will ruin the ribbing, or simply because that's not what the maker of the pattern did when knitting out this pattern.

Additionally, what can I use as a make-shift or cheaper alternative to cork board for a blocking board? I think I heard somewhere that cork is relatively expensive, and I don't really have the money right now.

Thanks in advance!

Jan in CA
01-03-2011, 10:25 PM
Huh. I've never heard not to block it. I suppose because you want it to be stretchy so if you stretched and pinned it while blocking it might go out of shape? Not sure. I don't see why not as long as you're careful.

What are you making and what type of yarn?

TrueIconoclast
01-04-2011, 12:01 AM
What are you making and what type of yarn?

I am making fingerless gloves that are very simple, and I'm using Red Heart Ldt. Super Saver Economy....it's medium worsted weight. Do you think that might be part of the problem?

The pattern is here:
http://400squareftliving.blogspot.com/2010/09/knitting-marys-merry-wristers.html

suzeeq
01-04-2011, 12:24 AM
The yarn should work fine for the pattern, but acrylic doesn't block like wool anyway. Just wash and dry them should be enough for blocking. You don't really want to stretch out the ribbing, just even out the sts.

TrueIconoclast
01-04-2011, 03:51 PM
I'm glad to hear that I can just wash them and dry them instead of going out and buying a blocking board.

Thanks! :)