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« on: April 17, 2008 01:05:42 PM »

I've knitted several scarves (who hasn't!  Roll Eyes ) and noticed that after wearing them once or twice, the part that is right behind my head tends to get thin and stretched out. I've even got a few that I haven't worn yet and they are slightly thinner there than any other place on the scarf. What gives? Do other people have this problem? Because when I see pictures of peoples work, their scarves look perfect. Is this because the scarves have not been worn yet? I have also noticed that the ends of my scarves are slightly flared too. Anyone got any help for me?  Embarrassed
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 10:39:03 PM »

I've never worn scarves so I don't really know, but I've noticed the 'seaman's scarf' style, is knit in that shape deliberately. perhaps its something folk have discovered happens with wear & decided to do them like that from the start.
http://www.cu-needleworks.com/Patterns/Scarves/DoctorScarf/doctorscarf.pdf
http://www.knitlist.com/98gift/casseamensscarf.htm
Just speculating.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008 11:44:02 PM »

Knitting is just stretchy.  If you have a gauge that's not super tight, it will stretch.  And when worn scarf style, lengthwise is where it's headed.  Mine all do that and I just deal.  Fortunately I like long skinny scarves, so it's perfect.  To combat it, try knitting either bigger yarn w/ the same needles or the same type yarn w/ smaller needles.  The other thing that I think some people do is wear it wrapped loosely several times where I tend to wrap it fairly tight and only once. 
It will also stretch out while you're knitting it because it's pulling itself down. 
And the ends will flair out for 2 reasons - 1. they're not pulling on themselves (gravity) to stretch out and become narrower. 2. cast on and cast off edges are denser/stiffer and hold their shape more rigidly than regular knit stitches.
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fallencupid
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008 04:41:18 AM »

Thank you!  Cheesy
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