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Casting on Issues

April 27, 2017

Casting on Issues

So today was a cast on day.  FOR JUST ONE SCARF.  Actually it was yesterday, but I am writing it today... so....

Casting on and beginning a project isn't nearly as simple in practice as it is in theory.  You have yarn, you have a pattern.  You cast on the yarn and begin the project.  Simple, right?  Sometimes, matching up pattern and yarn doesn't go nearly as smoothly as you think it should.  

I cast on the silly scarf 5 times. 

First, I thought I would do a double knit scarf - so I tried different tubular cast ons.  (By the way, I am very good at the tubular cast on now).  I finally decided on a tubular cast on that I liked, and started knitting on the scarf. 

Then I realized that I wasn't going to be able to do a double knit stockinette scarf.  It would be too much stockinette stitch.  I already have two other projects that are pure stockinette. 

So I ripped it all out again.  And I decided to rework a scarf pattern that I wrote a few years ago.  I knit on it (with the changes) for a bit and realized that I didn't do a decrease about 35 rows back.  So I thought I would back it up and knit again.  Then I got to thinking.  Do I have enough yarn to make this scarf in this width with the yarn I have at hand?  What if I don't?  Should I rip out?  Well, I have to pull back anyway to fix the decrease snafu.  I will just pull it all out and do a one row scarf (like I had originally planned). 

I cast on and began a simple one row pattern (2x2 ribbing).  After a few minutes I realized I didn't want a ribbed scarf.  I cast on another one row pattern (the Yarn Harlot's pattern).  I knit on it for a bit and thought that it really didn't show off the yarn like I wanted.  So I decided to choose a new one row pattern.  I cast on 30 stitches (multiple of 6) and used K1, P1, K2, P2. 

I have knit about 2 feet on this scarf. 

I have to say, I am not loving it.  This patterning just doesn't show the beauty of this yarn.  I really want to go back and start again.  The reworked pattern showed the beauty of the yarn.  I don't even care if I don't have enough yarn to make the scarf as long as wide as I prefer.  I think it will work.  

But I have been knitting on it for over a day.  I have quite a bit done. 



I may have to rip it out again. 




I think I will sleep on it.

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