I've tried tugging on the yarn between the knit and purl stitches, but it doesn't seem to be helping much (I'm a fairly tight knitter anyway). I'm hoping that the blocking will fix it up. I think the designer suggested the steam block method so the ribbing would stay springy and elastic, but I may be wrong. And I'll very carefully check my piece for dirt before I block it now!
I'm knitting a sweater at the moment that uses a lot of k2 p2 ribbing ('Pinup Queen' from SnB, for those of you playing at home). The trouble is that the ribbing is not coming out entirely even- the left stitch of the two is slightly larger and sloppier than the right one. I know this is a natural thing that happens to hand-knit ribbing, but is there anything I can do during the blocking process to even it out? The pattern calls for 'steam blocking' (lightly steaming the knitting with an iron) as opposed to the normal wet blocking I usually do. Is this going to cause problems with getting the stitches to sit evenly?