Your scarf looks OK! The stitches do look tight, but as I understand you're using a very small needle for the yarn and you do the garrotte thing. As pointed out, you need several inches to get an accurate stitch count. Do yourself a favor and work on loosening up a bit.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper