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« on: October 31, 2007 10:41:35 AM »

I just started crocheting and thought i'd start off making a cupcake.  i'm using a pattern i think i found on this forum.  anyhow, i'm seeing a noticeable diagnal line forming. what am i doing wrong?  please help!
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2007 10:47:25 AM »

this is actually typical of rounds. Unless you join each round with a slip stitch and then chain one and continue the pattern.
The difference is you wind up with a "seem" if you do it that way where as the way you are probably doing it now the stitches just "walk" in a spiral. Just mark your beginning of the round and you should be fine. Smiley 
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007 01:27:30 PM »

When I work in the round and it says to "join with slip stitch" and chain a certain number and then continue working that row with the regular stitches I get a noticeable seam.

When I do amigurumi-style crochet, where there is no slip stitch join and chain to start the next row, I don't get a seam.

Working in the round amigurumi-style, after the last stitch in a row I  go directly to working a regular sc, (or whatever that row is worked in), in the first stitch of the next row.  By completely skipping the slip stitch and chain, I get no seam.

Like Eliea says be sure to mark the first stitch of each row as you make it, and keep moving that stitch marker up every time you start a new row, (A bobby pin slips on and off easy and totally stays in place).  Otherwise it is impossible to keep track of which stitch is the first in the row you are working and you will easily lose count as there is no obvious seam or start to any of the rows.

Does that make any sense?  I hope so.  Good luck on your cupcake!  I hope to see it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2007 06:19:59 PM »

I would definitely use a stitch marker, a faint line is pretty common, depending on what you're making when all's said and done you probably won't notice it

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007 04:24:13 PM »

thanks everyone for responding!  that was actually my first post and am so happy to see a real community of people helping each other.   Smiley

i attempted the amigumuri -style crochet and that worked better.  the cupcake is finished and it looks lopsided.  Tongue  (it also doesn't help that i used toilet paper to stuff it because i was to anxious to complete it before buying pellets or appropriate stuffing,  Grin)

i've started a turtlle using no slip stitch and so far it looks good.  i'm also planning to experiment with no slip stitch but still chain up for height....i don't know if it will work.  anyhow, thank you all!  i'm using a marker and it helps out A LOT!  thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007 04:27:50 PM »

I know how you feel.... I used yarn my first time to stuff my hippo.... my dad calls it a platahippo... says it looks more like a platapus.... took me a while before I could figure out how to do the rounds... I used to get lost....all the time....

« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2007 09:12:11 AM »

Keep in mind, whoever you give/sell your creations to will not be able to see the rows as well as you do while you are making the piece. Also if they don't crochet, they won't know what to look for anyway.

TP as stuffing, can't say as I've ever went there.

Alternatives to fiber fill - yarn, scraps of fabric, old pantyhose, cotton balls from your bathroom, and stuffing from a stuffed animal or pillow that should be tossed.

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