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20 July 2011 @ 12:15 pm
help needed!  
Hey everyone,

I am knitting my first project today...naturally, it's a house scarf (Gryffindor year 1 and 2 style). I'm not followinga particular pattern (because i cannot decipher them). I am knitting on US size 8 straight needles and alternating rows of knit stitch and purl stitch. I've got 3 rows done last night because I kept screwing up and having to restart. My big problem is my cast on is too tight, and well, subsequently everything is too tight. I am probably going to restart again tonight and make it looser.

Any tips on knitting a scarf evenly with straight needles?

Thanks!
 
 
 
takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
what size (length) would you recommend if I use worsted weight stitches and want them 40 stitches wide?
Erindemiguise_lady on July 20th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
A 40-stitch wide scarf in the round would mean 80 stitches total. A 16" circular needle would work fine.

Also, I find knitted-on or cable cast-on to be a little looser than long-tail (not sure what you were using). Here's a link to several different cast-ons. :)

Edited at 2011-07-20 06:33 pm (UTC)
takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
long-tail...but looking to change it if it helps with the tightening
Erindemiguise_lady on July 20th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
It varies with everyone, but I find that I pull the stitches a little tighter that way. Plus, I never seem to measure the tail right, so I end up running out a few stitches from the end or having way too much left over. lol