I’m about to do my second Backyard Leaves scarf. When I showed my mother the first half of the first one she said ‘actually, that’s almost long enough.’ (would have been good to know when I bought the wool, or BEFORE I cast off that first half, so I could have made it a tiny bit longer, it’s quite short).
The pattern calls for two halves knit, then grafted together for symmetry (so the leaves are falling down on both sides, rather than up to my neck and down the other side). I’m not fussy, but have decided that I want this one to be directionally symmetrical. I will, however, try to have different numbers of repeats on the two sides. If you think that sounds ridiculous, I can’t explain it in a way that will make sense to you, it’s not for a logical reason like ‘the seam will be scratchy’. It’s like how I hate pink.
Many people who have done the seam find it looks lumpy and uneven, and having seen the cast-on row, I understand this. It’s very… ah… shaped.
I want to start knitting from the same row in different directions. I think that will give a better seam. I could do this with a provisional cast-on, if I later unzipped the first row and picked up the stitches, right? Couldn’t I also do this if I threaded a length (like a lifeline) of wool through the cast-on row before I knitted, then put that line of stitches onto other needles later?
Can anyone tell me the likely consequences of both these methods (or suggest a better), either through more (read:any) familiarity with provisional cast-ons, or better ability to visualise?