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« on: March 06, 2006 02:37:15 AM »

If you've seen my work in the completed projects board, you may notice something.  They're all done in the round.  I cannot for the life of me make a straight piece, they always end up jumbled, twisted, or just plain horrible.  I tried making a scarf earlier and ended up with twelve rows that made a horseshoe shape. 

How do I correct this?

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006 10:35:37 AM »

It sounds to me like you are doing some increasing at the ends or beginnings of your rows.. can you take a picture of your horseshoe and post it - that would help incredibly.  Without seeing it, it could be anything at all.. but my best bet is that you are adding extra stitches somehow... pic please!
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2006 02:56:57 PM »

I agree with craftydeb.  unnecessary increasing is a common problem.  Also you might not be adding the end of the row sc.  When you go to flip your work and start a new row make sure that you add a stitch to even out the edges.  If you're working in sc then it is only one extra ch at the end of each row and 2 extra sc for doubles and 3 for triples, and so on. 

I hope that helps a bit.  I know that was one of my biggest mistakes when i was first starting.  I had a lot of wonkie wash cloths for a while.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2006 04:32:41 PM »

Count your stitches! Count count count count count! Everyone needs to count their stitches ALWAYS! And by always, I don't mean *always* always, but when you are new, it is helpful to count as you go for the first couple rows. This will give you a better idea of what is a stitch and what isn't (mostly at the end of rows). With large projects, when you count the stitches every few rows, you prevent huge errors from coming up when you are farther into the project.

Seriously! I strongly advise every hooker in the world to count his/her stitches!@
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2006 05:05:58 PM »

Also you might not be adding the end of the row sc.  When you go to flip your work and start a new row make sure that you add a stitch to even out the edges.  If you're working in sc then it is only one extra ch at the end of each row and 2 extra sc for doubles and 3 for triples, and so on.

 Smiley  Not wanting to cause trouble but just wanted to clear up something on this post - I've been crocheting for 30+ years and it had me confused.  I think what Peariso was trying to say was... if you're working in sc then it is only one extra ch at the end of each row and 2 extra chains for doubles and 3 chains for triples.  Hopefully it was just a slip because if you add sc at the end of the rows, you would be increasing the stitches.  Hope you don't mind me taking the liberty to clear this up  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2006 08:44:50 PM »

It could be that/those extra chain(s) that are causing the problem. If your new and not counting you can get confused and stitch in them. Even after all the crocheting I've done, I find that some patterns cause me difficulties. To make sure I know where an end of a row is or to mark a particular number of stitches, I use a safety pin to pin the stitch. You could mark the first stitch in a row that way and then you would know when to stop and turn. And don't feel bad about counting....I do it all the time. A quick count can save lots of headaches.
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2006 09:34:35 AM »

Homerof2

Thank you for clarifying that for me.  I don't really use patterns so my terminology is horrible!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2006 02:00:00 PM »

Thanks for everyone's input.  I went and asked my aunt, I was skipping stitches at the end of rows AND I made my foundation chain too tight cauding the horseshoe like shape.  I since have fixed my problem and have finished two projects, a hook holder and a handbag for my friend.  I'll post pictures when I get to my camera later this week.
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