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« on: January 27, 2008 02:59:57 AM »

Hello all,

I have tried searching for this topic, but maybe I used the wrong wording, because I couldn't find any discussion on this. Anyway, along to the question.....

I have just started my first pattern that actually has to fit someone (a baby, to be precise).

It is my first pattern ever, that uses a slip stitch to join rounds, instead of spiralling along happily.
I found this great tutorial on the slip stitch that finally made me realize what I did wrong,

So I can finish (or actually start again) with the pattern; but I am still wondering:
Is there an actual difference between the slip stitch and the 'spiral'?
Does it look better / worse?
Is there a difference in how the 'fabric' behaves eventually (I can imagine that slip stitch makes the fabric slightly more flexible)?
Any other issues I am not thinking of?

Would the pattern that I am trying to re-create be really different if I ignored the (for me) difficult slip stitch, and just went along happily with a spiral?
I would say not, but I haven't found anything so far that suggests so. However, I haven't found anything on the contrary either.

So, what are the opinions on this?
I am still too slow in crocheting to simply 'try it both, and see the difference', because of course it has to be finished in time.

Thanks in advance for any insights in this topic,



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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008 11:15:13 AM »

Using a slip stitch to join rounds leaves the work more even, but your left with the seam, but crocheting in a spiral does look nicer, it just leaves the 'top' of your piece a bit uneven.

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008 11:43:38 PM »

Ah, Thank you.

I didn't realize it like that.
Probably because for me 'using a slip stitch to join rounds' does lead to a very noticeable seam.
So I have given up, and I am now making socks using the spiral (so much nicer and easier)

But I am planning on trying the slip-stitch joining again for the last round of the cuff, to avoid the unevenness.

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008 06:14:05 AM »

I prefer spiraling for the same reason, although I have found that if you make one extra stitch per round and slip stitch the second stitch it closes the gap nicely. When I spiral and I want a more even edge, I make 2 or 3 slip stitches before I fasten off and it seems to even the edge a little.

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008 07:59:15 AM »

I too personally hate slip stitching. Though it does help for evenness if you are doing stripes of colors.
However my family doesn't seem to mind one way or the other so I typically just spiral instead. I found it's easier for me to keep my count this way as well. Smiley
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008 08:44:07 AM »

And there was me, thinking I was the only one who can't really manage the 'easiest stitch around'.

I like the trick of using a few slipstitches of evening it out, I will most certainly try that.

And dotsamantha:
What do you mean exactly?
Do you use an additional stitch AND the 'turning chain'.
Or do you omit the 'turning chain'?

Let me see if I can explain that more clearly.
Say, you have a first round of 12 hdc stitches, closed with a slipstitch (the 13th? or the 12th?)

To make the second round, the instructions will say something like 'chain 2, and make a hdc in every hdc. connect with slipstitch'

So should that mean that you chain 2, make 12 hdc, make an additional hdc and join the chain with the additional one
Or do you use your slipstitch to join the 13th with the first hdc.

And do you understand what I am asking here, because I am as lost in my explanation as I was in my crochet last week-end.

Maybe I should make a 'this is what is going wrong' tutorial with all my questions, because I seem to have too many.



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