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Sep 17, 2019 23:18:17   #
ragdoll03 (a regular here)
 
I am knitting a toy called Mr. Bun and his scarf is small that will go around his neck. The pattern itself calls for a size 5 needle. Last night I tried 10 times + and cannot get through a couple stitches. Then tonight I tried 5 more times and still no luck. It is the first row after the cast on. I tried a larger size needle and I give up. If I can get that 1st row going I will be ok.

Cast on 5 sts

Row 1: k1,kfb, k2tog, slip the last st purlwise with yarn art the front of work (5 sts)

Row 2: k to last st, sl the last purlwise with yarn in front of work. (5 sts)

There are only two rows to be repeated 78 times

Row one I can of course do the k1 but the kfb is starting to get tighter on my needle. Trying to get to next st of k2tog forget it. Both those sts are so tight.

I have loosened my tension specifically and even went to a size 6 needle and I cannot get the scarf going. I am also a thrower and have tried other ways to cast on but my fingers don't co-operate. I am attaching a picture of him. Any help is so appreciated. Thank you (you may have to enlarge his picture)


 
Sep 17, 2019 23:30:31   #
woolywoman (a regular here)
 
I'd knit across the row and then start your pattern on the next row or cast on on the next needle size up and then slip the sts onto the needle you're supposed to be knitting on and work your way across the row as instructed. It sounds like you have a tight cast on.
Sep 17, 2019 23:33:27   #
fortunate1 (a regular here)
 
cast on with one size larger needle, see if that works
Sep 17, 2019 23:37:30   #
ragdoll03 (a regular here)
 
fortunate1 wrote:
cast on with one size larger needle, see if that works


I tried that and it did not work for me. Thank you for your post
Sep 17, 2019 23:42:53   #
ragdoll03 (a regular here)
 
woolywoman wrote:
I'd knit across the row and then start your pattern on the next row or cast on on the next needle size up and then slip the sts onto the needle you're supposed to be knitting on and work your way across the row as instructed. It sounds like you have a tight cast on.


I will try what you stated and I know my tension is not tight in casting on. The sts are very loose. What happens is I knit that first stitch and as I go into the next st to k in front then go to the back knit it tightens up on me. Then the yarn that is between the cast ons and next st k2tog it is so doggone tight there. I do not know how to make that anymore loose than I have already.
Sep 17, 2019 23:44:33   #
pgiacinto
 
Maybe use a different increase - either lift the bar between the 1st and 2nd stitches and then knit the 3rd stitch, followed by the k2tog and slip last stitch -OR- use a YO. Knit into the back on the next row to minimize the hole.
 
Sep 17, 2019 23:57:27   #
laceluvr (a regular here)
 
What type of needles are you using...bamboo, metal? If you're using bamboo, switch to a metal, or smooth plastic to see if that helps. Can you try a different, maybe looser CO? If nothing is working, then my suggestion would be to just make the scarf a bit different. Perhaps you can crochet one. If you don't crochet, how about making an I-cord scarf. If you belong to a knitting group or have a friend who knits, you might ask them to help you with the CO. It's a cute pattern & I'm sure you can get creative & make your own scarf pattern since it's not a large item.
Sep 18, 2019 01:19:42   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
What cast on are you using? I avoid doing increases or decreases into the cast on and if at all possible work a row first as woolywoman suggests. It would give you a nicer edge anyhow I expect.
Sep 18, 2019 02:05:59   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
Use a simple basic cast on. Make a loop, put your needle through the loop, wrap the yarn around it and pull through to make a loop and put it on the needle. If you are knitting with this cast on, you usually need to knit through the back of the loops to tighten it up. I've just done it with 3 different yarns and had no problems. Here is the cast on from You Tube.....it's a bit long-winded, but it is for beginners:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=292&v=sDc-ZaWQ6-I I actually twist the loop before I put it on the needle, but it does not matter.
Sep 18, 2019 05:40:57   #
rujam (a regular here)
 
woolywoman wrote:
I'd knit across the row and then start your pattern on the next row or cast on on the next needle size up and then slip the sts onto the needle you're supposed to be knitting on and work your way across the row as instructed. It sounds like you have a tight cast on.


That was going to be my suggestion too, it's always very difficult to start a pattern on the cast on row.
Sep 18, 2019 06:05:51   #
gillian lorraine
 
I usually knit a row before I work the pattern, the cast on row stitches don't co-operative for me.
 
Sep 18, 2019 11:45:59   #
colleenmay (a regular here)
 
What a fiddley pattern for just a tiny scarf. I would just do something easier. 78 rows is a lot of rows. Do your own thing. I hate K2tog. Just make the 5 stitches in any pattern you want. There are no knitting police.
Sep 18, 2019 11:49:39   #
fortunate1 (a regular here)
 
Forget it, use a pretty red ribbon! I would think of alternatives at this point.
Sep 18, 2019 13:24:53   #
scumbugusa
 
Mr. Bun is soooo cute
Sep 18, 2019 18:50:39   #
ragdoll03 (a regular here)
 
fortunate1 wrote:
Forget it, use a pretty red ribbon! I would think of alternatives at this point.


I love your idea



I put much wasted time in doing a knitted scarf Thank you!
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