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20 July 2011 @ 12:15 pm
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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?

Mejem_endured_fit on July 20th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)

Knitting in the round helps!

takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
oooh see I just bought straight needles...I will have to get the circular needles...
prbprbpbrpbrpbrjess_not_ie on July 20th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Knit in the round and just do garter stitch makes it way easier.
Sonjamatraquer on July 20th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
When I cast on (using the long tail method), I like to hold two needles together for the needle the stitches are being cast on to (or use one larger needle, like a US 10 or 11). If I pull the stitch tight, I end up with a uniform cast on that isn't too tight.
takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
oooh thank you!
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takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh booo....I know none of the jargon...I youtubed knitting yesterday lol.

takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
OH! I just googled...so p1=purl one and k1= knit one?

Do you mean one row purl, one row knit like i've been doing or do you mean one stitch purl, next stitch knit? (I'm super new so forgive me if it's a dumb question)
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takethislifetakethislife on July 20th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
sweet! Thanks! I already know I have my expectations WAY too high for my first project...and I am a perfectionist (hence it took me like, 6 hours to do three rows last night lmao and the reason I am starting over) eventually I want to do house mittens and hats and perhaps fingerless mittens...then maybe switch to crocheting.

I sum this sudden ambition up to being in mourning for the series...yes the books were done ages ago...now that themovies are it makes it more final. lol
peskywhistpawpeskywhistpaw on July 20th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Definitely echoing what others have said: try knitting in the round! It makes everything ridiculously easier. I know circular needles seemed scary to me at first, but then I used them, and haven't stopped (even for straight knitting).

I don't know if this would look good on your scarf, but if you want a cleaner edge (if you're still knitting flat), you could maybe slip the first stitch of each row?
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
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. :)