I've fixed the problem for the most part. I was pulling everything incredibly tight, so I tried loosening my stitches a bit and it's looking better now, though not entirely consistent. That probably comes with more practice, no? Also, I've found my piece spiraling around the right hand needle as I work.
I'm heading out today, so I'll probably go back to Wal Mart and get some smaller needles and heavier yarn just for variety's sake. :D I'm not using a pattern, really; all I was planning on doing was a 24-wide garter stitch the whole way, making a couple of solid color scarves before attempting to make the two-color one to match Mr. Beanie. I might finish this one with the large needles and see how it looks. XD
Basically, the pattern I came up with for adding the second color into the mix was 12 navy blue rows, 2 white rows, 10 n.b. rows, 4 white rows, 8 n.b., etc., doing blue and white rows so that each "section" adds up to 14 rows. Then it'll look like my, at least pattern wise. It'll total 84 rows, so I'm probably going to knit something with 84 rows just to see how long it is before finalizing an idea for something that may be too short.
Originally Posted by suzeeq
Since it's happening on the first row, it's your cast on. Don't use the backward loop, try one of the others; the loop CO leaves a lot of extra yarn between each stitch, especially using large needles. Otherwise, the needle size is okay, will make a loose sort of lacey scarf.
Great advice, but I've already gotten away from the backward loop cast on, which I can't knit with to save my life. I much prefer the longtail because it's faster and a heck of a lot more fun to do
I'll have to post pictures once my first scarf is done.