Blocking ribbed knitting?
I'm knitting a 100% cotton ribbed vest that goes all the way down to my ankles, and I want the ribs to show. However, I'm new to blocking, so I'd like to know these things primarily:
1. What's the easiest way to block so that the ribs lie flat? I'll be doing a lot of it, so I don't want anything particularly complex.
2. Will I lose length if it's ribbed?! I kind of want it to stay at my ankles...
3. Should I block before I sew the pieces together, or after?
Thanks in advance for replies.