Thursday, January 18, 2007

Advice


This is My So Called Scarf. I love the yarn (Brook Farms Four Play) and I mostly like the stitch pattern, but I'm not sure if the two work together. The fabric feels a bit firm (I'm using a US 8 needle), and the edge is rolling. I feel like a scarf should have a bit more give. The general consensus at knitting tonight was to rip and go up a few needle sizes. What do y'all think? Or do you have another pattern suggestion for this yarn?


Hopefully we'll make it home before dark tomorrow so I can get good shots of the Central Park Hoodie. I wore it today and I love it.

13 comments:

  1. I agree - it needs larger needles . . . which should also mix up the varigation better.

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  2. Anonymous11:01 PM

    I agree, before jumping to another stitch pattern, try the larger needles.

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  3. I think i agree with that. I like the yarn with the pattern but if it is too firm try maybe a size 10 needle.

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  4. I like the stitch pattern and the yarn color. I think they work well together. But I agree, if it feels stiff, then go up a needle size or two.

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  5. Anonymous4:56 AM

    Yup, I have the same opinion as everybody else. I love the yarn with that stitch pattern, but it does look quite stiff for a scarf. Bigger needles might do the trick!!

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  6. I had the same problem with that pattern. I think I ended up using size 11 needles with a heavy worsted yarn to get a fluid fabric. It will be worth it -- your yarn is gorgeous.

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  7. Anonymous6:04 AM

    I've made that pattern twice and used sz 11 both times even though the yarns were, at best, only heavy worsted - but...nice fabric and no rolling edge! Try the bigger needles!

    I love that yarn - hope you do try it with different needles so we can see how the yarn comes out! :)

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  8. Larger needles is a good idea.

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  9. I tried to make this scarf twice and every time I ripped because of the rolling hedge and the stiff fabric - good luck!

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  10. I would try larger needles for a few rows before you restart, just to make sure.

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  11. Anonymous12:46 PM

    I can't give any advice, having never made this pattern before. Sorry! I do, however, love the yarn. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  12. Anonymous5:25 PM

    I love the look, but if the fabric is stiff, then I would go up a couple of needle sizes.

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  13. When I had a very similar problem, I ended up sizing up the needles 2 1/2 sizes US. Try a 10.5 or 11.

    Those plaited stitches both eat yarn (rather like a cable) and are a lot stiffer that you'd imagine (due to the double thickness of yarn in part of the stitch).

    Proof positive that even scarves benefit from a gauge swatch. (A lesson I learned the hard way, too.)

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