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Old 09-30-2010, 08:45 PM   #11
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So then I have to cast off next right? How many casts do I make for a scarf?
No, cast off is when you finish, you start by casting on. To cast on for a scarf it sorta depends on how thick your yarn is and how large your needles are. Start with about 24 stitches - if you have a medium weight yarn that should be enough.
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:07 AM   #12
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It will of course also depend on how big you want your scarf to be. How wide, I mean.

There is an easy way to find out:

cast on 24 stitches (good middle of the road for a scarf in decent yarn) and work a few rows (until it is a few inches long). Then you can see how wide the scarf turns out. Look at the end furthest away from the needles (they may bunch of stretch your work in that spot).

If it is what you want, keep knitting. If you want it wider or less wide, rip it out and start over. Just then: how much do you want it wider? maybe 50 % wider? Take 50 % more stitches (24 was there before, 50 % is 12, so 24 + 12 is 36 and like this with just simple math for all other changes) This will work (leave all minimal deviations aside, this is just a scarf so the fit is not the most important.

Have fun knitting the scarf.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:29 PM   #13
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