Oh Good Grief! How Did I Do this?

I am a little puzzled. I've been knitting on this scarf. I cast on 14 stitches. I've been knitting along and noticed that the scarf has gotten wider.

I started with 14 stitches and now I somehow have 22. How did I manage to do this?

Geez, and I thought I was doing so much better. This stuff is harder than I thought, or I am dumber than I thought.

Serge664's picture

another common cause is pulling the working yarn in the opposite direction around the needle on the first stitch of a new row. this stretches the first stitch till it looks like 2 stitches.

there may also me some times when the yarn is wrapped around the needles between stitches, creating inadvertent yarn overs.

you might want to count every few rows so you dont have any big surprises once it is too late to fix or rip out.

If you are still using that fuzzy yarn, it is also possible that some stitches were split.

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MasonM's picture

I think split stitches from the fuzzy stuff was the main culprit. I switched to the medium worsted to practice some more and haven't had the problem.

Now I'm just trying to figure out a 2x2 ribbing (k2, p2,k2,p2...). When I switch from knit to purl I'm getting yarn cross overs, I guess from moving the yarn from front to back.


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kiwiknitter's picture

Relax, you're in good company. I bet every person on MWK had the same problem when he first learned to knit. It happens for various reasons, split stitches, stitches knitted and not taken completely off the needle, not paying close attention, an inadventant yarn-over, and etc. I still will do it occasionally when I'm knitting rapidly. The only saving grace is that now I recognise the extra stitch when it shows up on next round and know how to immediately eliminate it. Just keep on knitting and this will become just a distant memory.

My knitting is totally tubular!

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Mason, I knit the exact scarf you did for my first project and had the same problem. I mine started at 15 and went to 27! After the first 2 feet I straightened it out and realized I was going too fast and wasn't sliding some of the knitted stitch off the needle and was knitting them a second time. as aweful of a scarf as it is, it is me favorite still at 7 ft. long and 12" wide! keep going, it gets easier.

It maybe that you’re making a ‘yarn round (on) the needle’ at the beginning of the row, thereby making a stitch. Make sure your wool is placed at the back of the work for a knit row and at the front for a purl.
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