Friday, March 17, 2006

I need a second opinion...

Okay....I've pretty much finished the multi-directional scarf that I was making. BUT, what that really means is that I've used up the 3 skeins of Silk Garden that I had bought. The scarf that I have so far is wide enough to cover my entire neck easily, and is long enough that when I wrap it so both tails are in the front (does that make sense?), the tails hit just under my boobs (such as they are). And when I finish up the last triangle, that's pretty much where it would end.

So, the thing is, I'm kinda thinking that I want the scarf to be longer, which leaves me two choices. Go out to buy more of that yarn, if I can find it. Or frog everythingt and start over and make it thinner. How much do you think I could gain by dropping 12 to 15 stitches off the width? The only reason I'm even considering the re-start option is the fact that the scarf is meant to go with my early spring (or late winter, however you wanna look at it) coat, so having it be really wide isn't as important. And I've got a great scarf for the winter that I love already.

What to do?!!!

And I'll post an update on the Peacock Feather's Shawl soon! I wanna finish a bit more before I take the photo because you can't really see the pattern all that well when it's not blocked.


Adrienne said...

OK, first of all, how wide is your scarf? I knit a multidirectional scarf out 3 skeins of Silk Garden (and Kureyon before that), and ended up with a 5-6" wide scarf that was at least 5 feet long, if not 6 feet. I think you could get a *lot* of length from getting rid of 12-15 stitches widthwise.

I think I increased to 32 or 33 stitches on the needles before starting the first short row section.

Karen said...

I increased to 34 stitches before starting the short row section. The scarf is actually about 5'2" in length, and I thought that would be enough. But now that it's almost done, I'm feeling that I want a scarf in the over 6 feet vicinity.

My friend Elaine thinks I should just get another skein so I don't have to re-do things. What do you think? I compared it to a scarf that I wear a lot, and could cut the number of increases to 30 and still have a winter scarf. So, if I didn't need it to be a winter scarf, I could conceivably cut the increases down to 27.

And just another thought. If I were to increase the needle size to get a more lacy look, would I need more yarn to get the same length? And would a self striping yarn like Noro even work with a lacier look?