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elfin enigma
« on: January 16, 2008 07:31:16 PM »

i (re)learned (just the veeeery basics so far) to crochet about a month ago to make one of those hot sauce bottle outfits for a friend for the holidays, worked out pretty well.  now i am trying to make something out of the antiCraft book, the, um, bondage cuffs (just for a bracelet, i swear!).  using crochet nylon, and i try to do it loosely enough that i don't have trouble getting the hook in, but by the third row somehow it just gets so tight i can't fit the hook!  i've retried it about three times, to no avail.  all it is is chain then single crochet the rows for a number of inches. i think i just don't quite understand which part exactly i need to keep loose...there are so many loops!  THEN, it says to single crochet *through* the d-ring.  now i haven't even thought it out or tried it (i'm sleepy and foggy-brained at the moment) so maybe it's something easily figured out, but any tips on that?  has anyone else tried these?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008 07:49:27 PM »

I'm probably totally wrong, but I'll give it a go.

does it say like sc8 in D ring? because if it does, then you just pretend like the ring was your loop from the last row and go through, pull up a loop, yo, and pull through both loops as normal.

as for your other question, your crocheting motion should, in general, be loose and relaxed. if you're trying to crochet loosely: after you insert the hook into the next stitch, the loop that you draw through should be the loose one. that'll make your rows taller and hopefully make it easier to crochet the next row.

hope I helped!
elfin enigma
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008 11:02:50 PM »

whew, i'm going to have to sleep on it and try again tomorrow.  it just keeps getting tighter and tighter as much effort as i'm making to keep it loose!  i don't know what i'm doing!  it took me forever to do about an inch worth of work, aaaand i kind of separated the nail from my thumb in the process.  the piece looks pretty trapezoidal...the top is considerably shorter than the bottom.  is it the nature of crochet to kind of curl up a little anyway?  (though this was definitely beyond just natural curling, if so.)  i didn't try the d-ring part yet because i don't do that until i get to 5" worth...looong way off at the rate i'm going!  but that makes sense to me.  i'll try again!  thanks for your reply. 
elfin enigma
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008 11:41:37 AM »

turns out i was actually slip stitching.  oops...  now that i know what i was doing wrong it's going a little more smoothly but still incredibly slooooow...  oh well, only my second project, i won't get discouraged quite yet! 
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008 01:40:27 PM »

haha, don't you hate when you realise what you were doing wrong was a silly error.
feel free to pm me if you need more help!
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