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mollybgood
« on: February 15, 2009 09:17:53 AM »

I have a crochet question.  Is it OK to ask it here or can you direct me?  My question/problem is this:  I'm making scarves and my first row (chain row) is loose.  How can I tighten up.  I've tried crocheting tightly on the chain row and using two strands of yarn.  When my scarves are completed I don't like the look of the first row (chain row).
Thanks for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009 02:46:47 PM »

You could try using a hook that is a size smaller for the first row. Also, are you going through two loops of your first chain or just one? It's generally easier to go through one but you get a tighter looking finish if you go through the top two.
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mollybgood
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009 04:48:43 PM »

Thank you so much for the quick response.  I love craftster.org.
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mollybgood
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009 06:31:20 AM »

I just tried using a smaller hook to chain and it still looks stretchy.  What do you mean two loops.  Maybe I'm not chaining properly.  Is there a tutorial I could watch? I chain the first row and then I go into the second loop from the hook and start the pattern.  Each chain is one loop. I don't know what you mean by the top two.
Thank you.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2009 06:44:55 AM »

If you want a more finished edge... I find that crocheting into the bottom loop makes it look really nice. And if your chain is a bit loose, then try using a hook that's one or two sizes smaller.

Give me a bit and I'll post some pics of what loops we're talking about...
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009 07:02:40 AM »

Okay... let's see if this helps.

Here are the two loops that starberrii was talking about.


See how there's a sort of "V" in the stitches made by the two loops?
Those are the two loops you should be crocheting through. Both should go on your hook and that will make the chain tighter.



As well, here is what I was mentioning for more of a finished look.


If you go through that single loop on the back, it will give you the finished look.
The only problem with that, is its tough to get a tighter chain.


When you do make your chain, make sure you just squeeze your hook through the loop. With the pointier part of the hook in the bottom of the stitch [the part that kinda looks like a "V"]. That will make your chain tighter and will definitely help when you go down a hook size.


Does that help?
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009 07:31:10 PM »

Wow!  I'm so grateful for your help.  I think I got it.  I just did a practice row and it looks better.  I'm ready to start a new scarf.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Starberri and Foreversandals!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009 07:47:22 PM »

Perfect!!
I'm glad we could help!
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