Scarf attempt number 2
That’s going to be a gorgeous scarf. Well done!
Just a quick question. When this is done and it’s time to block it. Can I steam this material or will I have to just spray with water. Packaging says 97% acrylic 3% other
I immerse the item in water with a little woolite for about 5 min. Then lightly squeeze out extra water and roll in a towel to remove excess water and then block. Also you can check yarn band for care. On larger pieces I have washed and dried in dryer if do not plan on blocking (blanket)
You can steam acrylic, it makes it lovely and soft and drape well, but be sure to only hover a steaming iron above the fabric and not let the iron touch the fabric. Gently patting and moving the fabric the fabric with your fingers to the size and shape you want then leave to cool fully.
You can also just wash and dry as given on the ball band, with acrylic usually just put in a washing machine.
What yarn are you using and what care instructions are given for it? With most acrylics I just wash and dry as I expect the recipient (or me if I am keeping it) will treat it. I have used acrylic blend yarns that don’t hold up to machine wash and dry and do hand wash, dry flat.
A knitty friend sent me this a while back. https://www.reddit.com/r/casualknitting/comments/r7mm1r/the_importance_of_washing_your_swatch_1_is_before/ I thought it was a really clever way of testing needle sizes and gauge. Might be handy to try it.
I’m continuing to progress on the scarf but I’ve noticed over the last 20 or so rows that the distance between my needle tips is getting longer in some places along my row. I’m not even sure what is wrong so I can’t quite find anything on how to fix this issue. Can it be fixed or will my stitches just be looser than they were when I started?
You may be relaxing the tension as you knit and learn the pattern. Some of this may even out when you block the scarf (see the yarn ball band for washing instructions).
It may also be looseness at the transition between knits and purls. You can be conscious of that and tighten it up a bit.
There are other techniques too like wrapping the yarn clockwise around the needle on one row and correcting the twist on the next row but this little tug seems simpler.
Thanks! I Appreciate it
It’s likely a combination of getting more comfortable with the pattern and having looser purls. The pattern has them spread out over several rows and it does seem like the looseness is happening every few stitches learning pains. Just had a chance to view the video. I’ll give that technique a try as well.