Okay... let me preface by saying that I hate blocking. Knitting I like. But the thought of dealing with all those little pins makes me cringe. Invariably some of them will find their way to the carpet in an attempt to attack my unsuspecting feet like a very pissed off rattlesnake but without the warning.
So... because of this, I decided to get a little more crafty and made a blocking frame using the instructions from KnitPicks. The thing is huge. It's a 6' square with 1' legs... so 6'x7' total. You can make a smaller one of course with very little math effort, but I wanted the full size deal since I'll be blocking shawls and such. Pictures are attached if you wanna take a look.
I plan on doing is getting a set of blocking wires to use with it. That should help in keeping the tension even along the straight edges. I haven't had a chance to string anything up on it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. From what I hear, when you get used to doing it, blocking goes much faster. That's what I'm hoping.
So do any of you guys have experience using a blocking frame and have any tips?
I've been knittig for a few years but never encountered a pattern that had steps like the ones I have questions on. I am making a simple dog sweater and here is where I have questions.
The pattern states:
CO 7 sts. Working in k1, p1 rib, inc 1 st each edge every other row 0 (0, 0, 3) times, then every third row 7 (9, 13, 14) times 21, (25, 33, 41) sts on needle.
Q1: I am making the 3rd size. Am I correct that I begin my first increase on the 3rd row? I know intuitively that this I understand the pattern correctly but just want to be sure there isn't a typo in the pattern.
Q2: Do I do the increase 1 st in from the edge like most patterns call for?
Q3: How do I maintain the rib pattern after the increase?
Thanks in advance for your help.