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ReaGaladriel 10-01-2012 08:53 AM

Needle size; yarn type; circular needles; infinity scarf
Hi. I’m new at knitting so I have a few questions. :)

Firstly, I would like to buy circular needles to do infinity scarves. I do not know whether to buy needles that are 10mm or 12mm thick (I would like to work with thick wool and make bulky scarves but without huge holes).
I do not know which length of the wire I should buy. If I take, for example, 100 cm (40 inches) can I make smaller scarfs and hats on that or should I buy another circular needles with shorter wire for that?

Secondly, what kind of yarn and how much yarn do I need for scarf like this?
And what size needles?

Thirdly, how can I make infinity scarf using regular straight needles? Should I saw it at the end with regular thread and needle or should I use yard thread and yarn needle? Link to a tutorial or video would be great ;)

Thank you very much,and sorry for so many questions :muah:

suzeeq 10-01-2012 09:57 AM

Hi there.

A 40" is pretty long and you can't do smaller things with it except for flat knitting, so I'd suggest something about 32" long. You can make hats with that if you use the magic or single loop techniques.

The scarf you linked to looks like bulky yarn and the 10mm needles should do just fine, 12 mm is pretty thick. The pattern looks like seed stitch.

Yes, you can do an infinity scarf with straight needles and sew the ends together. You would do that with yarn and a tapestry type needle, or you can do a provisional cast on (a temporary one you take out) and either graft the ends together or do a 3 needle BO.

ReaGaladriel 10-01-2012 10:10 AM

Thank you for your answer ;)

I think I will try to make my infinity scarf with with yarn and a tapestry type needle because I don't know how to do the other methods,and this one seems the easiest ;)

salmonmac 10-01-2012 10:36 AM

Sometimes the easiest way to get started is to find a pattern you like. There are bunches on Ravelry and at Knitting Pattern Central or at the various yarn manufacturers' sites. Even a search on Google will turn up some patterns. Here are a few that might give you some ideas. They use different patterns and a range of needle sizes.
Good luck with your scarf!

ReaGaladriel 10-01-2012 12:23 PM

Thank you for the links, I will definitely check them out ;)

I only made one scarf and it was with 8mm needles, only knit pattern so I would like to do now something with purl as well. I was thinking of using 10mm needles, bulky yarn and ribbed pattern (2 rows knit 2 rows purl). And then in the end saw the ends together :D

ReaGaladriel 10-02-2012 07:33 AM

I changed my mind and bought circular 10mm needles 32" long. Can anyone tell me how many stitches should I cast on for circular scarf that I can put twice around my neck using bulky yarn?

And are these seed stitches? :mrgreen: :knitting:

And what
6 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in Seed Stitch

salmonmac 10-02-2012 08:28 AM

Looks like seed stitch. The best way to figure out how many sts to cast on is part of the answer to you next question.
6 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in Seed Stitch"
You should do a gauge swatch using your yarn and needles. Cast on about 10-12sts and work in seed st pattern for about 5-6 inches. Then measure how many sts you get over 4 inches. Usually you would change needle size to get to the pattern gauge of 6sts per 4 inches but for a scarf like this, you can just cast on the number of sts you'll need for the size you want based on the number of sts you get per 4 inches.
Take a scarf you have and wrap it around your neck the way you would like the infinity scarf to wrap and then measure how many inches long (or wide) the scarf is. Use that for your infinity scarf size. (Your pattern probably also gives you these measurements.)

suzeeq 10-02-2012 08:45 AM

To do seed stitch in the round it works better if you have an odd number of stitches. How many sts depends on how many per inch you get in a sample, times how long do you want it.

ReaGaladriel 10-02-2012 09:08 AM

Ok, so I do a swatch with yarn and needles that I want and measure how many stitches I have in 4 inches and then I calculate how many stitches i want for my desired length. I think I understand.
Thank you ;)

ReaGaladriel 10-12-2012 10:24 AM

I got my 32" 10mm circular needles and I wanted to do long circular scarf.
My yarn is Mima. This is the picture of my yarn and the started project.

I'm doing k3 p3. The problem is the length of the scarf. I casted on 138 sts because I was referring to this scarf.
Now when I started to knit I realized that this would be very short scarf. Did I read something wrong from GAP-tastic Cowl? That lady casted on 131 sts on 9mm needles,,so if I casted on 138 sts on 10mm needles shouldn't my scarf be even longer?

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