Unreasonably long

YugiDean's picture

Much like I failed to correctly calculate the length of my afghan, I also recently miscalculated the length of this garter-stitch scarf I was knitting lengthwise. I'm not really sure what I was thinking or how in the hell I so severely erred when I whipped out the tape measure. But to say that it's "unreasonably long" is actually an understatement. I was going for a "long and skinny" scarf that seems pretty popular these days. I got the skinny down perfect: 4 1/2" wide. Perfect! The "long" part, though...yeah... It's over 150 inches long. For you metric folk, that's 11.43cm x 381cm (approximately). That's just absurd. Maybe if I price it REAAAAAALLY high, someone will buy it despite the nuisance because it appears much more precious than it really is. LOL I will say, though, that I liked the yarn a lot. Plymouth Yarn Kudo. Fun to knit with. Great colors and great striping.


QueerJoe's picture

It looks quite fine and the nice part about the length is that it's both an accent scarf and a scarf for warmth.

How did you do you bind-off so that it wasn't tighter than your cast-on and regular knitting?

YugiDean's picture

I actually didn't do anything special. I just did a regular bind-off. My bind-offs tend to be a bit looser, so on something like a scarf knit normally, I usually switch to smaller needles about two rows away from the bind-off to keep it from splaying out too much. On this one, though, I just left them because I figured if it was a bit looser, it wouldn't be as noticeable, but it didn't end up being looser in the end. Maybe I'm just getting better? LOL

Clearly not at measuring, though. Heh.

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Thomasknits's picture

That's a great question that I've been wondering for a while. Someone showed me the "modified conventional bind-off" by Lucy Neatby the other day...and I adore it.


albert's picture

Really, though, on a 6' person, after wrapping around the neck once or twice it's just fashionably long.

MMario's picture

Most people wouldn't be compalining about a little extra length.

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albert's picture

I get emails daily offering to help me out in that department.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

As Elizabeth Zimmermann always said, "It's bound to fit someone." Maybe a basketball player is looking for just that kind of scarf. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Bill's picture

it will make a great sash-belt...
and things knitted lengthwise seem to grow when thy come off the needles...