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« on: November 22, 2008 09:29:12 AM »

i am quite new to crochet, the only things ive crocheted are granny squares where you crochet into the middle of the circle and not into the actuall chains,

Now i have a pattern for a vest pattern i want to make, and im stuck on the first row..

My instruction book shows a diagram with the hook going under both top loops,  ive tried it but i find it very hard to do, it seems that my hook is too big to go into the tiny chain, (or either ive done my chain row too tight,)

do you have to insert the hook under both top loops on the chain?,

Is this normal for a first row? if so , do yous have any tips on making this easier?
maybe doing the chain on a larger hook ?

and i also find my chain gets all twisted.. Huh

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008 11:32:12 AM »

It sounds like you are holding it too tight. I've seen that happen a lot when I've tried to teach someone how to crochet for the first time. Most of the time, you do go through both top loops, you can go through the "front" loop or the "back" loop but it will end up with a different texture.

But when you are starting your first row and going into the chain, u basically want to poke your hook through the center, yarn over, and pull the yarn up. I hope you're not trying to go under the chain, yarn over, and pulling it up around as if you would with a starting circle in a granny square. You only do that when you're working in the round. When you're working straight, you poke IN to the center of the chain stitch.

If that doesn't help, post a picture of what you're doing and I might be able to give more input.

Edit: this tutorial has a lot of pictures that might help you figure out what is going wrong, its a tutorial on how to work the first row that goes into the foundation chain, like what you're attempting. http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/into-foundation-ch.htm
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008 12:34:02 PM »

Thankyou, i think i have finally got the hang of it!
,the tutoial was i great help, i find it easiest to go through the back loop, like in the tutorial. Thanks  Wink
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2008 02:59:26 PM »

Sounds like you've gotten the hang of the first row.  If you happen to be in the market for a good crochet book, check out "Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting".  It's a wonderful book - with great pics for illustration.  And it's got some fun, simple patterns to test out what you learn.  I'm a bit of a seasoned crocheter, but I love this book!!!
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