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Old 10-31-2007, 07:44 AM   #1
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Begginer. HELP!!

I am interested in making a scarf for winter, but have no idea where to start!

Im thinking a chunky knit of 2 seperate colours. Can anyone point me in the right direction when it comes to needles? Or Wool (What Kind?)?

Any help is much appreciated!!

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Old 10-31-2007, 08:22 AM   #2
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Scaves, I can do them!
Find a wool you like the feel of in colours you like and feel work well together. use the recomended needle size and cast on about 30 stitches (About size 4.5-6mm. cast on more if you're using thinner needles, less if you're using superchunky or want a thinner scarf). Knit in garter or Rib-Stockinett curls and moss doesn't have much give.
For changing colour, I cheat. Knot the colours at the end of the row, leaving a inch of the old colour as a tail. if you keep all the "tails" on one side the colour changes look fluid. When you're finished, Sew in the tails as much as you can and trim off the excess.
And you have a simple Straight down the line scarf.
Hope this helps.
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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Fiery Vixen is absolutely right-- with scarves you can use pretty much whatever you like! The one other thing I would add is that on the label of the yarn you choose, it will give a tension example-- X amount of stitches and rows over a 10cm square. You aren't going to need to worry about the rows at all-- because you're just going to stop knitting when it's the length you want! But you'll get at least a rough estimate of how many stitches you'll need per 10cm. So if they say 15 sts, and you want a scarf 20cm wide, then cast on 30, as FV said. Or you can adjust for whatever you want. One thing I would say is that be prepared to rip it out after a few cm, because when you're actually knitting, it might come out thinner or wider than you had imagined . But then you can go back and adjust your number of stitches to make it come out exactly as you imagined.
She's also absolutely right about stitch pattern-- if you knit one row and purl the next (stocking stitch) your scarf will curl at the ends and edges and probably make you miserable-- we've all been there . Straight knitting every row (garter stitch) will stop that, and is the easiest thing for a beginner.
The one thing I do differently is to leave about 20 - 30 cm of yarn at the ends of my yarn changes-- that way you have a bit more to work with when you weave in the ends, and it's easier.
Just make sure you get enough yarn!-- inevitably, if you run out, you'll go back to get more and they'll be out or at least out of that dye lot! It just seems to be karma! To be very sure, you want probably want maybe 150 metres of each colour.
Good luck with it!
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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For a scarf, I would use a little larger needle than is listed on the label. It's not the `recommended' size, but the one that was used to get the gauge which classifies a yarn as to what weight it falls in - sock, worsted, bulky. Bulky yarns are very stiff when knitted on size 10/6mm and need to be done at least on 11/8mm. Using a bigger needle makes the yarn even more soft and cuddly.
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