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Old 08-29-2006, 08:03 PM   #1
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Will this look good using a larger needle?
I am about ready to knit the Ropes and Ladders scarf found here: http://pieknits.com/pattern2.html . I'm using the exact same yarn from the pattern but I would like a wider scarf. Do you think this pattern would look nice and be wider with a size 11 needle instead of a size 10? Will I need more yarn? I am usually a tight knitter, if that helps.

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Old 08-29-2006, 08:25 PM   #2
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It might not make it much wider, possibly an inch. Try it on the larger needles for a couple inches, see what it measures. You could add more stitches, one on each end (2) for k3 instead of k2, and another 2 on the edges of the cabled panel for a total of 4 more. That and the larger needles might get you a couple inches. Play around with the pattern on scrap yarn, adding the extra stitches so you can take notes of what you should do with those in the cable panel.

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Old 09-02-2006, 05:49 PM   #3
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It worked!
Thanks, Sue!
I tried using a size 11 needle and added a stitch to both sides of the cable. It's rather curly (needs to be blocked) so I can't tell the exact width but it appears to be a tad over 6 inches wide. Just where I wanted it.

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And when you've been successful with this project, the next one will seem easier and before you know it, you're only using a pattern as a basic guide and not for step-by-step instructions. Yay!!

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Old 09-02-2006, 07:21 PM   #5
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I'd just add five stitches or so on either side of the cable to make it wider. I don't think using a larger needle will do it the way you want to do it, unless you're using a wider yarn, as well. Otherwise, I'd just add the stitches, or another cable repeat or something.
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