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« on: December 10, 2008 06:50:55 PM »

i need help! i am trying to knit scarves for christmas and i keep running to the same problem. as i knit, my scarf seems to get wider and wider. i cast on 25 stitches as per the pattern and i've gotten about 1 1/2 feet, and i am now at about 40 stitches on my needle! here is the pattern i am using...


Cast on 25 sts.

Work 2 rows garter stitch.

Pattern repeat

(RS)Row 1- K2 *(YO, K2Tog, K2) repeat from * to last to stitches, K2

(WS)Row 2 and all even rows K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2

(RS)Row 3- K across

Row 5- K2 *(K2, YO, K2Tog) repeat from * to last 2 stitches K2

Row 7- Knit across

Row 8- As for WS of work like Row 2

when i first started, there were 4 or 5 holes in a row, now its up to 5 or 6. i need help! i dont want this scarf to turn out being massive on one side and small on the other. any ideas as to what i mgiht be doing wrong??
« Last Edit: December 10, 2008 07:01:52 PM by astrangedream » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008 07:17:53 PM »

The math doesn't work out in that pattern, the first row requires a multiple of 4 stitches, which 25 is not. You're probably ending up with a YO without a matching K2Tog to balance it, hence the scarf growing wider.

Try casting on 24 stitches (or 28) instead.
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2008 09:42:50 PM »

Yep, you need a multiple of 4 sts to begin with. You may be adding an extra YO before the last k2 stitches at the end of the row. Or when you start a row, you might have the yarn up and to the back of your work which pulls up the first stitch so it looks like 2. Hold the yarn out to the side and you can see which is the first stitch.

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