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Old 12-02-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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fun fur scarf - why purl? [Bernat boa]
I became a knitter in the last 24 hours and went a bit wild today buying wool and fun fur (chenille type.. not "eyelash").
Below is the pattern I've started - my question is: Is it really necessary to PURL the second row (more or less) - couldn't I just knit the whole thing? I get all turned around with switching stitches part way through the row (and this fun fur is challenging enough to deal with).. does purling serve some purpose here? it really doesn't look any different to my virgin eyes!! I don't even know if, after the 4 rows of knitting, the thing was "Wrong Side" around.. I just assumed it was and away I went.

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I would post the link but can't, as a newbie. This is for Bernat boa long scarf, available from their website:
INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 23 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Next row: (WS) K3. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 48 ins [122 cm], ending with WS facing for next row.
Knit 4 rows. Cast off knitways.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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Since you are using fun fur and the stitches won't show anyhow I really don't see why you couldn't just use all knits. You'll get garter stitch which isn't going to curl like stockinette. Just my 2 cents. Others, more experienced, may have a much better response.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:55 PM   #3
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I agree. Your stitches won't show so I don't see any point in purling. That's why I don't knit with fun fur..
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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thanks so much for the quick replies - I'll go about my business then, no purling for now!
curious why they bothered with it though, when FF is already such a pain.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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Yes, fun fur and boucle yarn are two where you could easily knit all stitches. One thing you may not know as a beginner is that you can do garter stitches by either all knitting on each row or all purling on each row. I know one knitter who does her garter stitch with all purls.
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I agree that you can go ahead with all knit rows here but be aware that garter stitch (all knit rows or all purl rows) will use up more yarn. It's a denser stitch than stockinette (knit one row, purl one row) and so you may need more yarn to get the length scarf given in the pattern.
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