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Abigail E.
« on: December 10, 2012 05:08:26 AM »

I'm not sure if I'm doing this right. I've never successfully made anything that was not in the round crocheting. I always end up slowly increasing or decreasing. I'm trying to make a blanket using my old yarn, with random squares of crochet. (I'm doing "single crochet ribbing")

Obviously, it looks funny. Is that because I'm increasing, or is it because the first row(?) that I did is just tighter than the rest? When I get to the end of a row(?) and I flip the piece, and start again, I always chain one. Then do I skip one stitch(?) and start at the second one? Because I haven't being doing that, and so am I therefore increasing?

Help would be appreciated!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012 06:59:36 AM »

There are people here that are way smarter crocheters than I am, but I think I can help you along... Simple reason, I have this problem too. According to what I read, you are crocheting okay. The main problem is not the first row, but your basic chain. It's just a little bit too tight, and you end up pulling everything together. You can try to crochet looser, but I find that using a needle just one size bigger than the one you will be using does the trick just fine. Your chain will be loser and your real work will be more straight.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012 09:08:43 AM »

I dont' studied English, I hope you understand me.
Single crochet is "fat", want more space.
You need a loser chain.
Double crochet, if worked properly, is less fat, and your chain will probably fit well.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012 09:52:42 AM »

It does look like the problem is a tight beginning chain, but a good way to find out would be to count the number of stitches in the first row and the last row completed to see if they match up.  The first scarf I ever made was the incredible expanding scarf because I kept crocheting extra stitches at the end of each row and it took me forever to figure it out.  You do chain one at the begging of each new row and it does not count as a stitch and then you would sc into the last stitch of the previous row.  If you think you are crocheting extra stitches at the beginning or end of each row you can use stitch markers to mark those stitches as you make them it will help to visualize where that stitch is.  Also blocking the blanket squares before you sew them together will help with the shaping.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012 10:42:07 AM »

There are people here that are way smarter crocheters than I am, but I think I can help you along... Simple reason, I have this problem too. According to what I read, you are crocheting okay. The main problem is not the first row, but your basic chain. It's just a little bit too tight, and you end up pulling everything together. You can try to crochet looser, but I find that using a needle just one size bigger than the one you will be using does the trick just fine. Your chain will be loser and your real work will be more straight.

This is the same advice I would have given you.  Also, counting your stitches every so often will help you too  Wink  But I almost never count stitches, if I can help it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012 11:10:14 AM »

This might help:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363636.msg4269422#msg4269422

You need to make sure that you do not start your first stitch in the stitch UNDER your crochet one chain...usually, a chain already counts as the stitch:  one chain=single crochet, two chains=double crochet, etc.

I still count every few rows to be sure I am not accidentally increasing! Cheesy
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Abigail E.
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2012 11:12:39 AM »

Thanks for your replies!

I counted the stitches at the beginning and end. They are the same. So it just must be that when I chained, I chained too tight? Will it improve or should I restart and chain looser?

Here is another piece of the blanket I started. I did exactly the same thing I've been doing with the gray, but this one is turning out OK so far. So I'm confused.

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2012 11:16:44 AM »

uhm, I count 20 in your first row and 22 in your last...you are definitely increasing... Cheesy

AND, you are crocheting looser as you go... Cheesy


oops--counted in wrong direction and I really can't see clearly on this monitor

change that to decreasing and tighter! Cheesy

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Abigail E.
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2012 11:30:26 AM »

Actually, I counted 24 in my first row and 21 in my last...
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2012 11:33:06 AM »

oops--I wan't paying attention and counted the wrong direction!  Sorry..!  Whatever...you are not stitching consistently...let me look again...you'll get it...one is too big, one is too small...we need to get you to JUST RIGHT! Cheesy

Look at five from the BOTTOM--looks like you skipped one there...see how it indents in?

Look for indents or poke outs (yay--real professional terms!)...
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