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Old 06-18-2007, 01:44 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:48 PM   #2
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What direction are your ribs? Horizontal or vertical? That will make a big difference in answering your questions...
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The ribs are vertical.
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Old 06-18-2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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Then you should just pull then downward, not side to side, and then pin then out. Pinning then out widthwise will take away some of the elasticity.
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