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Topic: First scarf - but way too many stitches on my needle, why?  (Read 1443 times)
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« on: January 27, 2010 10:06:18 AM »

Hi dear craftsters!

I'm having a problem with the scarf I'm knitting  (just learned how to knit, so maybe that's why). I'm following a pattern that has k 2 rows; k1, yo twice; then k1, drop twice; then repeat. I've started casting on 20...and now I have like 35 stitches on my needle....mhh....that's not normal right?  Huh

I went through the FAQ and couldn't find anything about this, Hope somebody can share their wisdom! This is a pic of the work in progress....

thanks for your help!


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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010 10:14:51 AM »

yarn over is to add a stitch.  So when it said yarn over twice, then later drop twice that should cancel each other out and you should have 20 stitches again.  If you come out with more, you're probably not dropping TWICE. 

Yes, math sucks.

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010 10:20:06 AM »

Thanks so much for your help!

yeah now I'm trying to decrease, and then will pay more attention to the dropping...I bet my scarf will look ultra weird, but it still feel great to finally knit  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010 10:49:15 AM »

also, make sure you are not knitting the dropped stitches--skip over them...I have accidentally picked up the drop and stitched into it..also, keep count every few rows so you have less to frog--

good luck--it looks like it will be a lovely scarf for you!

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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010 02:09:21 AM »

Thanks again!! Yes, I followed your suggestions and now it's definitely working, hurray! The bottom of the scarf is really big (35 stitches vs 20....), but my next one will be perfect  Cool

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010 07:32:04 AM »

Loved reading the tread, as "Every good knitter is a good ripper!" Is my life motto. 
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2010 01:44:04 PM »

I'm glad to hear that you fixed the problem. Is that pattern called Fabulous Scarf by any chance? If it is, I just made that for my second scarf ever. Maybe it isn't. Yours looks a lot more even than mine.

Anyway, you might want to rip out the  whole thing and start over. You'll be a lot happier if the whole thing if the same size when it's done. You'll definitely notice since the "tails" will be uneven and they'll be hanging right next to each other. I had to pull mine out three or four times until I got it right but I'm glad I did because it looks a lot nicer now. Yours looks really pretty so far. I love the color.
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2010 09:59:13 PM »

I've had the same problem! Thanks for asking the question; I can now head back to my knitting assured. :-)
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