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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!
 
 
 
kauricat: iKnitkauricat on July 20th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
If you continue knitting a flat scarf, rather than going into the round, I second the "Knit One, Purl One" pattern on every row. If you are knitting one row and then purling the next row, you will end up with stockinette stitch (all knitting on one side and purls on the other side) and it will not lay flat. It will curl up.

I knit my first HP scarf in the round (only knits, round and round and round) on circular needles with a fairly short cable. I think they were 16"? Your mileage may vary, though.
takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
I will definitely make those chanes. I think I might continue with the straight needles, because I'm super broke for another week, then I can pick up more yarn and circular needles next week for future projects. :)