First let me just give a collective thanks to everyone that has been helping me for the last week or so. I'd be so lost without all of you.
So as many of you know, I'm a beginner. Lately I've been working on a K2 P2 ribbing scarf pattern. Things have gone fairly well, and I've learned a lot with this piece. The scarf is nowhere near finished, but I never really intended to finish it - I just wanted some practice. There are really too many mistakes/holes in the work and I feel that spending more time finishing it as a wearable piece is a waste of energy.
Last night I picked up a pair of US 9 (10") metal needles to replace my US 9 (9") bamboo needles. I just couldn't handle the grabby nature of the wood. The metal needles have been absolutely wonderful thus far.
I'd like to start fresh with a serious piece that I actually plan to wear, so I've been looking for scarf patterns.
I managed to find this gem: http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/06/miranda-scarf.html
I very much enjoy the look of the scarf, and I don't think it will pose too much of a challenge for me. I've viewed the KH cabling videos and I'm pretty sure I can handle it.
But first, a few questions. (You all knew this part was coming.)
1. The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn using US 7 needles. I don't really want to ditch my US 9's already, so would it be possible to increase the yarn weight and just use my current needles?
I've been wanting to use some of the "chunky" yarns I've seen - do those count as worsted weight or bulky? Would that type of yarn be suitable for this pattern using US 9 needles?
(I'm open to any and all suggestions regarding yarn type/brand/etc. I don't know a lot about yarns so I'm not entirely sure what to look for. I just want something soft and not boring. Is Alpaca yarn hard to work with? It's so soft!)
2. The whole WS/RS thing. I'm not sure I understand what it means by "wrong side" or "right side". If I'm working an entire row from the "wrong side" does that mean I'm just entering the stitches from the back of the knitting? Or am I supposed to be holding my needles in a different orientation?
Also, the pattern only specifies WS/RS for the first two rows of each section. Does this mean that the remaining rows are assumed to be worked from the "right side"?
3. Cabling. The pattern explains what "BC" and "FC" mean, and I understand the cabling process, but I'm still slightly confused about the definition in the pattern.
When it says to slip 2 purl stitches from the cable needle to the left needle, am I slipping those stitches from the left
end of the cable needle or the right
4. Finally, the end of the pattern states to work the following three
rows, however only 2 + a bind off are listed. Is the bind off being considered a third and final row?
I think that's it for now. Thank you so much for your time! I greatly appreciate the help!