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Old 06-05-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
OffJumpsJack
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How far along are you?
I'm just an intermediate beginner with knitting, but I know stockinette stitch (ST ST) curls both at the ends and on the edges. The *k3,p3* pattern means you essentially have alternating thin strips of ST ST. It will make for a very thick fabric but will curl in to reduce the width.

A few possible and easy alterations:
(If you are not too far along in length)

First is to change the pattern by groups of rows. For a checkered look, do 5 or so rows (until the length matches the width of a single rib) and then switch to k1 * p3, k3 * k 1 and repeat for the same number of rows.
VVVV---VVV---V
VVVV---VVV---V
V---VVV---VVVV
V---VVV---VVVV
V---VVV---VVVV
VVVV---VVV---V
VVVV---VVV---V
VVVV---VVV---V

Or try k1 * k3, p3 * k 1 on only the odd rows and make the even rows k across.
VVVV---VVV---V
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VVVV---VVV---V
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A third option would be to change to a garder stitch for a few rows to give a flat band across the scarf at regular intervals. The ribs would still pull together between the bands and you'd have more of a scalloped/scooped edge.
)VVVV---VVV---V(
)VVVV---VVV---V(
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)VVVV---VVV---V(
)VVVV---VVV---V(
)VVVV---VVV---V(
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)VVVV---VVV---V(
)VVVV---VVV---V(

V are knit and - are purls in my simple little ASCII text graphics.

But the good thing is you have learned something new about knitting.

If you really are in the middle of the scarf and still want to change, then you'll learn to FROG. (That is what we call it when you "rip-it, rip-it" out since it sounds like croaking.)

I you want to partially FROG back to say 4 inches from the CO? Look for instructional posts on using a "life line" to help keep what you want when you are FROGing.
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