a friend asked if he could commission me to knit him a spring scarf. I already recently gave him a great scarf in autumn colors, but I said OK, not really understanding what he meant by 'commission'. I'm not a fast knitter and if he was planning to pay me by the hour, he can't afford me. (Actually he CAN afford me, but that's beside the point.)
He picked out some lovely alpaca yarn.. but wait.. it's like fingering weight! Knit a whole scarf in that? Already getting a vague sense of dread, I forged ahead. I wanted to do something new and interesting for me so I decided to try knitting it in a linen stitch - end to end. I knit a stockinette swatch using size 4 needles and determined I had to cast on 400.. count em.. 400. I knew it would take me awhile but I'm a patient person.
Here's the problem.. it seems that the linen stitch is knitting up much more dense than stockinette does. I love the weight of the fabric but I'm getting 3 more stitches to the inch than I had planned. I've already spent hours on it and I'm reluctant to continue because (1) it's less than one inch wide still and (2) I think it's going to be not much longer than 4 feet because of the gauge.
What to do? Add a super long fringe? Turn it into a cowl? Or the dreaded words... rip it out!
If I do rip it out there's no way I'm going to cast on 500 and start over so I'd need to come up with another stitch that will work well for a scarf using fingering weight yarn. Yeah I guess doubling up the yarn is an option but I'd rather not. I want to do it end to end because the yarn is variegated and I want the color changes to run lengthwise. Am I asking too much?