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« on: March 07, 2006 10:15:45 PM »

So I've decided I'm teaching myself to crochet.
I'm pretty sure I finally understand the single crochet, so I'd like to try a scarf.

Do you crochet it lengthwise or widthwise?
In other words, shoud I make a foundation chain of 200 or 15?
It's all one color, so I'm not planning to make stripes either way, but I was just wondering if one way is easier to work than the other.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2006 10:21:30 PM »

you can work it either way, the only differnece will be the direction of the stiches
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2006 10:45:20 PM »

It is possible to work it both ways.
I find it easier to work them starting with the small side, it's just easier to manage the scarf while it's coming out (instead of handling the length of the scarf from the get-go). Plus, I really don't enjoy working into the opening chain, lol. If I were to ever crochet another scarf, though, I would put vertical stripes, which would require starting with the longer side. It's all up to you! Good luck!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2006 11:12:49 PM »

Thanks for the advice!
I think I'll work with a shorter starting chain.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2006 06:37:16 PM »

I like doing the short chain first because I get to end rows more often--makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2006 07:44:12 PM »

I like doing the short chain first because I get to end rows more often--makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something!!

I absolutely agree.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2006 12:02:56 AM »

for your first one, definitely the shorter chain!

and as annoying as it is - count your stitches!  maybe not every row, but every few rows.
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2006 02:59:26 PM »

yes yes, count!  With only ten stitches per row, I accidentally decreased ONE stitch in my first scarf (sc, about 125 rows) about fifty rows in and for about fifty rows long.  I realized it when I noticed it was thinner than it should have been.  fortunately, no one but me can tell.  I think I forgot the last step in sc and sc in two stitches instead of sc in one each.  blah.  it's ok, I live in georgia and it's starting to get hot out.  counting sucks, but stitch markers are relatively cheap (or use paper clips or coilless safety pins). 

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2006 09:30:58 AM »

ok, so i've been counting my stiches every row (i learned that i needed to do this when i was practicing and i ended up skipping the last sc on every row!)

but how does one use stich markers?  i don't understand really why you would need them unless you have a crazily large number of stitches.  (then you would place one every ten stitches?)  anywho, my scarf ended up being 13 stitches across...  haha yeah i think i started out with 15, but now it's consistently 13.... and so i don't see the purpose of stitch markers?

but thank you all for your help!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2006 09:52:58 AM »

 in crochet you skip the first chain next to the hook when you turn, this might be your problem?
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