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« on: March 28, 2011 11:56:02 AM »

Bit of information first..I have been seriously crocheting more for about a year...prior to this the only thing I made was crocheted T-Towels for my mom on Xmas. OK back to the issues I have..

1st issue..When making say a hat pattern using the hook stated say it's and H hook my and should fit an adult not when I am done... too small so I will tear out and use a larger hook almost fits and then repeat with another hook say J...ok hat fits (why is this)

2nd issue I made a hat yesterday with a K hook (pattern called for a J hook and the first one I made was perfect :O) excited.. I started a second one here is the issue I had using same hook and same type of yarn and brand (Cotton Peaches and Cream) doesn't look like it would fit a preemie...This was for an adult...

Got any ideas to help me :O) even if I crochet loose.... Crocheting for me can be so depressing.. But I want to get better so I keep trying...
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011 01:06:48 PM »

Gauge can be a tricky thing.  It's helpful to make a gauge swatch before you start a project for a variety of reasons - it lets you try out different hooks with your yarn to see if you can get the same stitch/row count as the designer, and it also lets you see what the fabric will be like with each hook.

Getting a consistent gauge comes with practice. 

What you might want to look out for is that you're getting the yarn onto the shank of the hook every time.  This is the area between the hook part and the thumb rest, and if you measure it, it is the size the hook says it is (compared to, say, the throat, which is between the shank and the hook and is tapered). 

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jayashiangel
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011 05:48:00 PM »

Thanks for your 10 cent opinion...as well as your editting comment..Not everyone is perfect..:O)

Yeah trying to get the GAUGE right has not been an issue with other patterns for hats...Oh well....
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011 05:17:45 AM »

Sorry for the spelling comment - I was commenting on my own inability to spell "consistent", well, consistently. Tongue  I've removed it.
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