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121  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Why am I crocheting tiny bowls and not circles?! on: March 22, 2006 07:14:47 AM
Like I said, I'm just getting the hang of this crocheting lingo, so I'm not entirely sure I know what your suggestion means, QueenOfShinyThings, but I think I do and I'm going try that, too. I've been lurking around on Craftster for a little while now, but never had a reason to post anything until now. I'm a little overwhelmed by (and kind of pathetically greatful for) how great and helpful you all are!

update: I tried the second tip, too and that worked nicely as well. woohoo!
122  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Why am I crocheting tiny bowls and not circles?! on: March 22, 2006 06:13:11 AM
THANK YOU. I am now the very proud mother of a perfectly flat circle. It may be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I might actuallly be embarrassed that I didn't think of increasing the very first round myself (it seems so obvious now that I've done it), if I wasn't so excited right now!

And, yes, your book is fabulous. It's the best teaching book on any subject that I've ever used, and I swear I'm not just trying to be a teacher's pet. Smiley My friend recently bought your knitting books and she's in love with those, too.

Thanks again for the help - I'll probably spend the rest of the day making loads of useless circles and showing them off!
123  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Why am I crocheting tiny bowls and not circles?! on: March 22, 2006 05:30:08 AM
Thanks for replying so quickly - this place really is amazing!

I suppose I should've mentioned that I understood the increasing stitches in each round thing, and the book does suggest increasing the number of stitches even more if the rounds are getting curling. I assumed that was the problem, so I tried that, but no luck.

I'm going to try to explain my problem in more detail, but I'm not sure I'll be using the crocheting terms correctly. Smiley I do the initial chain stitches (6 in this case, which I connect with a slip stitch, then three more for the turning chain), and then do double crochet stitches (12) directly into the center of that ring. I connect the last double crochet with a slip stitch to the third stitch in that beginning turning chain, and I should have my first round, right? It looks just like in the book, but it's already all curled up like a bowl. If I continue making rounds anyway, it does actually start to flatten a little bit, but I have to do four rounds or so (increasing the number of stitches each time) before there's even any subtle flattening going on, and it still turns up all around the edges. If I try to force it flat (because I thought maybe it was a normal thing that could be solved later by blocking?), the center bumps up.

Thanks again for the suggestion - I'm getting frustrated because I know that I'll just keep doing the same thing over and over if I don't seek outside help. Smiley
124  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Why am I crocheting tiny bowls and not circles?! on: March 22, 2006 04:47:21 AM
Hello all - This is my first post in this wonderful forum, so I hope I'm posting in the right place and everything! (I thought I should add this in the "Happy Hooker" section, since that's the book I'm using.) I desperately need some help with crocheting in the round and I hope someone out there is kind enough to help a desperate beginner out...

I got "The Happy Hooker" book last Friday and I've been crocheting my ass off since it arrived. I've got the hang of all the major stitches, and color changing, and I've even started trying out some of the fancier stitches (in a slow and akward beginner's sort of way, of course  Smiley). I'm pretty gosh-darn proud of myself and I can't stop gushing (to anyone who will listen) about how wonderful this book is.

BUT, I just can't get crocheting in the round. I have checked over and over, and even tried other online tutorials just in case, and I'm nearly positive that I at least understand the instructions (on pages 50-51). But when I do them, my rounds turn into tiny little bowels and absolutely will not lay flat. (And they start off like little bowls, they don't gradually get that way as I add more rounds.) I'm pretty sure my stitches look exactly like they're supposed to (according to the pictures in the book and other places), so I think I'm doing the technical part right. I've tried using a bigger hook, a smaller hook, different yarn, more stitches, but I still suspect that something like that is the culprit. I've searched on Crafster's other posts to see if I could find anything that might explain what I'm doing, but so far, nothing's helped.

Is there anyone out there who has any suggestions for anything I can try to get proper, flat circles? THANK YOU!
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