🙈 knitting heeeeelp!

No, that’s not a typo – I mean knitting!

Above is my completed, crocheted scarf… but I discovered another ball of the same yarn. So . . . . .

First, let me define some terms. I can only knit & purl, and I crochet/knit for relaxation so don’t often do anything with a pattern. Besides, with such a busy yarn a pattern’d get lost!

After I got the brown crocheted scarf long enough to finish off (see above photo), I realized I had that other ball of yarn, plus the leftover from the crocheted scarf.

Remembering how to cast on with Maggie Righetti’s “Knitting in Plain English.”

So I decided to knit another scarf.

I started out trying to do 1 row knit, 1 row purl… then forgot which one I was on when I picked it up later. Now I have 2.5″ of what I’m calling the forgetful pattern… but the whole thing’s curling quite a bit, which I don’t like.

Do you think I should rip it out & start over? I’m not averse to that, and am tempted to restart with either all knit or all purl. The thing I really don’t like is that curling, which I’m not convinced can be steamed out, given it’s half cotton, half man-made. What do you think?

Yarn deets:  Content: 51% cotton, 37% acrylic, 12% polyamide.  Recommended needle size: 4 or 4.5 mm but I only had 5 mm.

Thank you – thank you – thank you in advance!

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6 thoughts on “🙈 knitting heeeeelp!”

      1. Thank you for the suggestions, Cathy! My knitting sister (Sis#2, who also experiments with felting) suggested beads instead of tassels, and I like that idea – it gives me an excuse to rummage in my bead box! I fear this yarn is more like slubbed cords & wouldn’t necessarily add that much weight. Experiment time!

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  1. O.K, I’ll try. An easy way to remember what side you’re on and which stitch to do next is to leave the yarn from the cast on hanging down – which I see you’ve done. Whenever that piece of yarn is on the left hand side you are on an odd row which, in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) will be a knit row. When the cast on yarn end is to the right hand side of your work you’ll be on an even row – a purl row. I always use a cable cast on but I think this guide would work for other methods too.
    I always block my work – even if it’s 100% acrylic. I think it makes a difference. Just pin it out, spray with water and leave to dry.
    Somebody else might have other ideas about the curling.

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    1. Oh, thank you Lynn, for such a prompt reply, and for thinking about the tail of the yarn!
      I had the same thought last night when I was trying to puzzle it out. But then I realised I’m using circular needles and proceeded to try to talk myself out of such a logical method. Am glad to know it wasn’t a nutty thought after all!
      I so rarely knit that I don’t think much about blocking. Put the crocheted scarf in a lingerie bag last night and tossed it into a cool wash with other coloured clothes. But I didn’t toss it into the dryer. Just laid it out neatly on the ironing board, grateful it was just short enough to fit. Thoroughly dry this morning, I took the photo, rolled it up, and will pop it in with autumn/winter clothes.
      Thank you again for your expertise!

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