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Topic: I think I'm crocheting, but I think it's wrong  (Read 866 times)
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« on: March 25, 2007 03:12:01 PM »

I made a square in single crochet, it's a little wonky, but I'm proud as it's the first thing I've ever crocheted.  I'm very confused about turning though.  I did it in rows, at the end of each row I made a chain stitch, then kept on going so I was working right to left for foundation chain, then left to right, then right to left and so on. Should I be actually turning the fabric around?  What about a right and wrong side of the fabric, will turning it around affect it at all?

Here's a picture of my square:

I also made a square in double crochet, not quite as wonky because I didn't miss as many stitches.  I've just learned triple crochet and I'm working on a square in that, but I need your help in case I'm doing it all wrong.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007 03:20:32 PM »

If you are not turning your work over with each new row then Congratulations! You are ambidextrous!

Most of us turn it over so we are always working right to left (or vice versa for the south paws). I think the confusion over the chain and the end of the row is one of the most common hangups of a beginner. Keep in mind that, if your are making an even piece with no intended increases or decreases, each stitch you make should line up with each stitch in the row before/beneath it. When you make your chain and you start the first real stitch of the row, look beneath and make sure the chain lines up to a stitch and your first real stitch lines up to the next stitch.

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2007 06:09:47 PM »

Thanks for the reply, it helped quite a bit.  Funny that you say that I'm ambidextrous, as I only have one arm.

I'll keep trying and I'll give turning it around a try, I just thought that would screw up the right and wrong sides.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007 09:25:23 PM »

You have to turn at the end of every row, unless you are working in rounds, or the pattern specifically says not to. Patterns account for the difference in the right and wrong sides of the stitches. As a matter of fact, your stitch instructions should say, 'chain 1, turn at end of row'.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2007 12:09:27 PM »

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I started another square, this time I turned it, and what a huge difference, I'm using sc, hdc, dc and tr just to get the hang of them all. 

So far this square is far less wonky, I still accidentally decrease though but that's my own fault for not counting stitches.  Once I get all the basic stitches down pat, I'll spend more time counting them.

I also switched colours, I'm not sure if I did it right or not, but it worked for me.  At the end of my row before making the turning chain, I made a slipknot of the other colour yarn and put that on the hook and used it for the turning chain.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2007 12:17:24 PM »

have you tried looking at the videos over at http://www.nexstitch.com? it's a great resource for beginners. and the videos help to clear up some of the mystery of crochet.

places like here help too... but for me, i have to see it in action.

and most people turn their work when they finish a row, just like a knitter passes the right needle to the left hand when finished with a row. the only time you don't turn your work is when you're working in the round, although i have found some patterns that call for you to turn your work... but i won't confuse you.

good luck!
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