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Old 02-16-2007, 01:27 PM   #2
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Ribs are very elastic; that's why they're used at the bottom of sweaters and cuffs and at necklines -- to add elasticity and spring where you want something to fit snugly. So yes, they're supposed to pull together. If you block them, they will flatten out and lose that tightly-packed look, which would probably be fine for a scarf. Blocked ribbing will also become wider. However, a lot depends on the yarn. Wool and cotton will will block well; acrylic won't.
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