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Artchic528 10-01-2013 03:59 PM

Trick to evening width of scarf?
I started a scarf, using garter stitch, and put it down towards the beginning of summer due to the heat and its effects on my hands and the yarn. When I picked it up again just a few days ago, I noticed that, as I was knitting, that the scarf had gotten wider. I kept counting the stitches and I still have the same number I started out with, 20, so I know I am not picking any extra stitches up. I think the problem is the tension of the yarn. I am probably knitting with a looser tension than I did before the summer.

I have needles in a smaller gauge, but I have already knitted several inches of the scarf (at least 6-7 inches worth) and don't want to tear it out to the point where it starts to get wider.

Is there a trick or something that I can use once I am done with scarf to get it looking the same width all throughout?

salmonmac 10-01-2013 04:19 PM

Depending on the yarn, you may be able to block it to the same width. Wool blocks very well (pin it out evenly, spray well with water and let dry completely) but you could also block other yarns. What kind of yarn are you using?

Artchic528 10-01-2013 04:43 PM

Its an acryic yarn from Caron.

EDIT: I found out how to block acrylic yarn!! Since its essentially plastic, you need to steam it to get it to block out evenly as described in this knitter's blog entry:

I have a steam iron, and just need to figure out where the blocking board went. Oh, I'll figure that out when I finish the scarf.

GrumpyGramma 10-02-2013 07:39 PM

I think that when the scarf is almost the length I want I'd switch to smaller needles to make the ends match. I don't think blocking will fix it, but ldk.

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