Hi I am very new to knitting. I am going to attempt to make a scarf. I am following a pattern. The gauge states 26 sts = 4 inches, 20 rows = 4 inches. I want to check my gauge first.
To begin the scarf it says to cast on 38 sts. Ok where should I start? Do I go ahead at cast on 26 sts , and measure it to see if it is 4 inches? Then do I keep adding rows to it until I get 20 rows then measure it to see if it is a 4in square? Then do I start all over an begin the project from scratch if the guage matches the pattern? Or can I use what I have already made? I cant use what I have already made right, because to begin the scarf it said to cast on 38 sts and if I checked my gauge first I only casted 26 stitches.
Does this make sense? I’m sure I’m making this harder that what it is.
One more silly question. When I count the casted stitches…what am I counting? Am I counting the loops attached to the needle? Or the stitches under the needle…those seem hard count, since it looks a little messy.
Thanks for your time.