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« on: July 08, 2005 09:39:07 PM »

Does anybody else have a problem with their crochet twisting?  Every time I try to crochet something like a scarf or anything long and linear, the whole thing twists like a spiral staircase.  I've tried easing up on my tension and going up a couple of hook sizes, but nothing seems to help.  What might I be doing wrong?  Can anybody help me?
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2005 06:18:53 AM »

How is it twisting?  Is it turning on itself, or puckering?  If it's puckering or curving inward, like the body of the crochet is smaller than the first few chains, it might be because your initial chain is too tight.  Try using two hooks, one size apart.  Use the larger for the initial chain, and the smaller for the rest of it.  As far as twisting goes, I have that problem sometimes.  After the first few rows, even though I'm crocheting it correctly, it curls up into a corkscrew.  Try stretching it flat after every row, and eventually it will lay flat, it just needs more rows to weigh it down.  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2005 07:58:18 AM »

You can purposely make a spiral by crocheting into the "back loop" of your foundation chain.  I've always found it difficult to tell the difference between any front or back loop on the foundation chain, so perhaps you're doing something like that?  In any case, it really should eventually straighten out if you keep adding rows.
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2005 07:09:09 PM »

it may be the type of stitch you're doing and tension combined. when i first started, i never crocheted a few extra chains at teh end of each row so the whole thing just twisted in on itself.

again...watch your tension
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2005 07:33:23 PM »

Sometimes my projects twist a bit, but it straightens out as it gets bigger.  Have you completed a scarf & it's still twisted?  Usually after a few inches mine flattens.  Sorry I can't be more help.  Good luck.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2005 09:17:47 AM »

Ahh, thanks!  I'll have to try some of those suggestions.  Lothruin, I think I've been doing exactly that... Heh WHOOPS! 

But yeah, they do always stay all twisty, not as tightly twisted when they're finished as the first couple rows, but still one long gentle twist...
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