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« on: August 23, 2008 08:25:29 PM »

Okay, I know i'm doing something wrong. I just don't know what it is.

When I get to the end of a row, I chain one, turn, and start crocheting again (this is for HDC). Sometimes, it comes out just fine, looks nice and straight up the side, but sometimes it makes the row shorter...OR longer. What am I doing wrong?

All I want to do is be able to make a square or a rectangle that isn't all wobbly on the sides  Cry

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008 02:33:09 AM »

i would try counting your stitches as a starter, i keep track by counting the chain loops on top of the row i'm working on (when you look at the work from  over top of it it should look like a row of interlocking loops
you were pretty even on the right side, but i can see that you missed a stitch in what looks like the seventh or eight row, and on the left you're definately on a steady increase. 
if your turning the work at the right stitch perhaps you're putting too many stitches in one (an increase) or crocheting around the post instead of in the stitch.
 if the stitches look like this I-I-I-I the "I's" being your HDC's and the Dashes being the spaces inbetween the stitches,you want to be placing your stitches in the next row up in the Dash spots and not around the "I's"
it helps me to count the stitches in the previous row and then place a stitch marker or tie a piece of yarn ( i sometimes use twisty-ties) around the stitch that i want to turn on.
hope that was helpful, and keep at it! practice makes perfect!
unless you are me in which case frogging over and over again makes passable
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008 10:28:39 AM »

I think jilted has the advice covered . . .

. . . but what I wanna know is, what is that AWESOME octopus thing in your avatar?  Grin
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