Man, knit lingo is so odd-sounding to an untrained ear!
Here's the scoop: I'm a very crafty person in general, but recently reintroduced to knitting (with GREAT thanks to this website!) and I very ambitiously decided that all my Christmas gifts for my boyfriend's family this year are going to be knit works. Dad's getting a big big scarf (he's a big big guy), sister is getting a hat/scarf set, and mom and aunt are each getting two lighter (maybe lacy?) scarves.
Here's the problem.
I started on the big big scarf for bf's dad, purchased 4 rolls of worsted weight acrylic/wool blend in a camel/tan. It said 5 stiches per inch, and I wanted an 8-9 inch wide scarf, but I'm knitting in the round, so I figured 80-90ish stitches I should cast on. Well, I went with a nice round 100, not realizing how much those extra casts would shorted the final product.
I'm about halfway through the second ball of yarn (I've been knitting my heart out for HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS since saturday) and I realize that at this rate, the finished scarf will just barely go around the neck once, rather than being this long big big plush warm scarf that I envisioned.
I went back to the yarn store and I had gotten the last 4 in that color! I got 2 rolls of a similar but heathered version of the color, definitely a lighter color overall, thinking maybe I'll just add some stripes to the bottom of each side and a few stripes around the middle where it the neck would be, use the rest of the 2nd ball and an equal amount of the 3rd for an all-camel middle chunk and the last ball and a half for an equal size of the bottom of the other side of the scarf. Does that make sense? I'll take pictures if it doesn't.
So here's the question: It looks easy in principle but I'm afraid I'm not gonna be able to pick up the stiches from the bottom to add the heathered stipes. I get how to change colors when you're working the one way ("bottom-to-top" even though that doesn't really make sense when you're talking about a scarf) but what about when you're adding more to the bottom? Do I have to knit backwards?? How do I get the added part to have the little Vs match up with the bottom (what was the CO of the original)?
The whole thing is actually kinda full of holes and a little wonky, not bad but definitely a few imperfections. I thought very early on that 100 might've been too many to CO but I said ahhhh whatever and just marched on. Now I'm kinda regretting it. Should just started over then, but what if I keep going and keep going and have to start over at the very end! Ahh! I still have all these other projects to do....
As an aside from that, I've been working on a ribbed hat worked in the round on DPNs. This is fun!
Yay for knitting and hooray for this website!