Scarf Q

I’m making a scarf for a swap…
This is the first time I’m knitting from a pattern. I tried to pick one that is pretty simple and easy to understand. I even practiced it using some scrap yarn. It worked up nicely with that.

The pattern is this…
http://oceanwindknits.ca/sectionpage2.asp?id=24&blog=Free%20Patterns

I went to my LYS to see about getting some pretty, nice, yarn for this project. I didn’t want to get something that is 100% wool because its kind of scratchy. So I asked the woman there, who clearly owned the shop and loves what she does, what kind of yarn I could get. She suggested Plymouth Yarn’s Encore Colorspun Knitting Worsted Weight Yarn. Its 75% acrylic, 25% wool, and is suprisingly soft. The yarn suggests a size 8 needle, which is what the pattern suggests. I have size 8 bamboo needles. But I have a problem…

Now, unless my eyes deceive me (which sometimes they have been known to do…) It says that the scarf should be 5 inches wide. Mine is 3. If I pull on it, it’ll go to 4, but shrinks right back to 3. This isn’t too much of a problem, because my partner wants a long skinny scarf for a fall/spring scarf. But for future reference… what am I doing wrong? :frowning:

Here are some pictures…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8232321@N03/800908513/
^^ That is how the whole thing looks. I love the colors :smiley:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8232321@N03/800908485/
^^ This is to show the width of it…

I’m just kind of confused. I was hoping I got it all right. But I guess not. sigh

Your gauge is tighter than the one in the pattern, which wouldn’t ordinarily be a problem for a scarf, but if it bothers you, than you could go up to a size 10 needle and that should do it. It looks great, by the way!

Thanks Conti. So it’s just me… and I thought I was knitting it too loose… :stuck_out_tongue:

If you cast on the right number of stitches, on the needles specified in the pattern, then it’s your gauge.

The Noro yarn is somewhat thicker than Encore, so that could be an issue, too.

Encore was a great choice, btw.:thumbsup:

Ingrid: I agree… Its working up beautifully. I’ve sized up on my needles to size 10, and it looks like its working a bit better now. I’ll have to take more pics when I get a few repeats into it :slight_smile: