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LoveBugAngel
11-23-2012, 12:16 PM
Did this up in about 3 hours last night. It took the entire ball of yarn I bought. I love it but wish it could have been a bit longer. It looks like it hangs to the belly on the maniquin but on me it comes just to my chest. I like the way it turned out however I think maybe I binded off too tight because it is tighter along the edge on one side and isn't as stretchy. Are there more than one way to bind off on a knit row that maybe would have made it looser? I'm going to check in at the yarn store after work and ask them what they think the problem is. I posted it on my facebook and now everyone wants me to knit them one haha. The pattern I used if anyone is interested is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drop-stitch-cowl-3 but I cast on 66 stitches to make it longer and did only one yarn over. I'm wearing it today and getting compliments. :)

salmonmac
11-23-2012, 12:31 PM
Not surprised at the compliments! It's a beautiful scarf and very well done. (You can always bind off using a size or two larger needle in the right hand or try Jenny's bind off (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php) with just knit sts.)

Jan in CA
11-23-2012, 02:38 PM
Very pretty! What kind of yarn is it? You might be able to block it so it stretches a bit. Newly knit projects sometimes bunch up.

GrumpyGramma
11-23-2012, 02:47 PM
Very nice.

LoveBugAngel
11-23-2012, 07:47 PM
Very pretty! What kind of yarn is it? You might be able to block it so it stretches a bit. Newly knit projects sometimes bunch up.

It's called Schachenmayr "Bravo Big" yarn. I've never blocked anything before so I'm not too sure how to do that. It's very strange the way its so much tighter. The bottom is so loose and stretchy almost like ribbed.

GrumpyGramma
11-23-2012, 08:05 PM
There are many ways to bind off more loosely from using a larger needle to Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy bind off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Mtbkyf5CQ If you do a search you can find others. Undoubtedly one of them will suit your needs. Once I used the Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and it was too stretchy so I redid it and as in this case I was binding off ribbing, I only used the yo with the purl stitches.

Christinechrstms1
11-24-2012, 04:34 AM
It looks perfect!

Jan in CA
11-24-2012, 03:55 PM
In things like this you often need to use a different bind off or at least use a larger needle. The standard bind off isn't particularly stretchy.

LoveBugAngel
11-25-2012, 02:59 PM
Ahh ok so how much larger should the needles be? I used size 10mm needles for this project

Jan in CA
11-25-2012, 03:18 PM
If you're doing the standard bind off you could try one needle size larger and don't pull the loops too tight.. I've heard some people use two sizes larger, but start with one.

You could also do Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. It really is stretchy! Don't use a larger needle when doing this one.

I suggest swatching and trying different ones.

ArtLady1981
11-25-2012, 05:30 PM
Oh yeah! LOVE LOVE LOVE! The chunkiness of it really adds style and impact!!!

LoveBugAngel
11-29-2012, 12:01 PM
thanks all! Here is a photo of me wearing it, and another photo of another scarf I just finished using different yarn but the same pattern and cast on more stitches.

dturner
11-29-2012, 06:42 PM
I really like it--it's beautiful! I just finished the GAP-tastic cowl. I, too, regretted that I didn't use a stretchier CO and BO. I have used Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off. It's very stretchy and very easy. I have heard that the cable CO is stretchy. Does anyone know which CO is best for a stretchy edging?

Jan in CA
11-30-2012, 03:57 PM
I usually just do long tail, but German twisted is a good stretchy cast on. Personally I find cable cast on tighter, but that may be the way I knit. :shrug:

GrumpyGramma
11-30-2012, 04:30 PM
I really like it--it's beautiful! I just finished the GAP-tastic cowl. I, too, regretted that I didn't use a stretchier CO and BO. I have used Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off. It's very stretchy and very easy. I have heard that the cable CO is stretchy. Does anyone know which CO is best for a stretchy edging?


Like so many things, the answer is: It depends. Try some different ones and see which works best for you. Youtube has a number of videos for stretchy cast ons that you could check out.

dturner
11-30-2012, 08:42 PM
I usually just do long tail, but German twisted is a good stretchy cast on. Personally I find cable cast on tighter, but that may be the way I knit. :shrug:

You're right! I just looked it up, and apparently the cable CO is NOT a stretchy CO. For some reason I had it in my head that it was the other way around.

allsturns
12-01-2012, 09:31 AM
That's just gorgeous, now have another project added to my list...I just love the colour you chose too :thumbsup:

dancejunky
12-02-2012, 06:18 AM
I absolutely love Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off and use it all the time. You do have to watch your tension, though. If you let it get too loose, you can end up with a wavy edge. But with just a little practice, it produces a beautiful and stretchy edge.

LoveBugAngel
12-05-2012, 11:19 AM
A friend from out of town is here and came to visit last night and tried on the scarf. It looked so good on her I had to give it to her.

I'll make another one for myself if I can ever find the yarn again. (Bravo Big)

Jan in CA
12-05-2012, 01:18 PM
That looks beautiful! You can probably find a similar yarn. :thumbsup:

Christinechrstms1
12-12-2012, 12:22 AM
it turned out very nice!

MerigoldinWA
12-14-2012, 03:32 PM
A beautiful scarf/cowl thingy. The color is very nice. So cool that you could whip out such a nice article in such a short time. No one will ever notice the slightly tight BO.