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Topic: How long will it take to knit a scarf? (Details Inside)  (Read 411 times)
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« on: February 08, 2012 06:35:37 PM »

I'm using size 15 needles, bulky 5 weight yarn, and casting on 20 stitches. I'm also just using the normal knit stitch and can finish a row in about 3 minutes. Give or take. I want to make it 5 feet in length. Any estimates on how long it'll take? Thanks!  Wink
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012 07:58:16 AM »

Not long, but without the rows per inch count, nobody can say for sure.  If you want a five foot scarf, that's is 60 inches.  Once you have a few inches done, measure how many rows are in an inch at a couple of different points.  Most people recommend measuring several inches and then dividing by however many inches you measured.  For instance, if you measure four inches and count six rows, your rows per inch would be calculated by dividing six by four, which gives you one and a half rows per inch.  Once you have that number, multiply it by 60 to get how many rows you'll need.  Subtract the number of rows you have done to see how many rows you have left and then multiply that by the three minutes it takes to do each row and you'll have the total number of minutes it'll take you to complete your scarf.  Divide that number by sixty if you want to know how many hours it'll take.

That might sound like a lot of math, so here's the break down with actual numbers.

Say you've done nine rows with an row and a half per inch.  To find out how many rows total you'll need, it's 1.5*60, which equals 90 rows.  You've already done nine rows though, so there are only 81 to go (90-9=81).  Since you take three minutes to do a row and you have 81 rows to go, you have 243 minutes left on the scarf (81*3=243).  Two-hundred, forty-three is equal to 4 hours and 3 minutes (243/60=4 with 3 left over), so that's how long it'll take you to complete the scarf.

It should be noted that life often gets in the way of living, so this will only be a rough estimate.  I know that I frequently get distracted and so my minutes per row count isn't not constant.

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