knitting a scarf, how many stitches to cast on?

(7 Posts)
PixiNanny Wed 30-Sep-09 11:42:11

Basically as my thread title implies grin

I was told by the lady in the shop that ten stitches on size 10mm needles would be sufficient, but having cast-on ten it's only about 5 cm long of cast-on stitches! How many should I do?

mollyroger Wed 30-Sep-09 11:43:15

depends on the wool and the width of scarf yourwant?
I'd say around 35 sticthes?

I'm making one at the moment. I'm using 12mm needles and a wool that says its suitable for that size, so it's pretty thick and chunky. I cast on 20 stitches, which has resulted in about a 20cm wide scarf. I was after a wide, chunky scarf and I'm about half way through. It looks good, and the width is just right. I'd just keep on casting on until you think it looks right... but more than ten definitely!

smile

BornToFolk Wed 30-Sep-09 11:51:04

However many you like!

As a guide though, look at the ball band on your yarn. It should give information about gauge/tension. It'll probably be a little diagram showing how many stitches you get to 10cm using a certain size of needle. This varies from person to person, depending on how tightly you need but should give you a clue about how many stitches to cast on to get the required size.

PixiNanny Wed 30-Sep-09 12:48:17

I've settled for 20 now, I realised that the width gets bigger than it looks on cast-on blush

My wool says to use 9mm needles, I'm using ten as the womanin the shop said it'd make a less blocked effect and I don't want it to look too heavy iykwim?

And borntofolk, thank you! I wondered what that diagram was! (somewhat a newbie knitter! grin) 10 sticthes = 10cm apparently, and it looks about 20cm atm

This is my first project after constantly trying out squares and lines for practicing my casting on/off and purling methods, so I'm excited to see how this scarf continues! It's all knit (the lady in the shop said that purling would make it curl?) and it looks like it'll be quite chunky so far, a bit chunkier than I thought it would be but still lovely

PixiNanny Thu 01-Oct-09 15:41:50

I've finished the scarf! I'd like to do a hat now, does anyone know of any simple knitting patterns, preferably only knit?

lavenderkate Sun 04-Oct-09 00:08:43

have you tried knitting in the round?
Thats easier than it sounds. One long wire with a needle either end. You just knit and knit and can make lovely hats.

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