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stitches curving in ?

i am a beginner and i started an afghan but on the second row after chaining, the whole length of the beginning pattern is curved inward. how do i keep my rows straight?

Chances are that your stitches are tighter in tension than your foundation chain. Most crocheters have the opposite problem -- the foundation chain is tighter than the other stitches. However, it is better to see if you still have this effect after you have worked several rows and unless you have a severe curve any slight variations can usually be blocked out.

I try to make sure that the turning chain is loose and long enough
to keep the starting stitches on the next row straight > also !

Are you sure that you have an accurate stitch count?

my problem is with the foundation chain being too tight. not the subsequent stitches. so i started a new project with very loose chain, and now its started to curve again! i'm getting so frustrated!

Try doing the beginning chain with a larger size hook and then use a smaller size for the pattern rows .
This has worked for many that have had your frustration about curving rows.

There is a DOUBLE BASE chain stitch that helps with this problem also.
It makes a starting chain that looks like 2 chains >>> and is a very loose starter chain.

I found this Video > http://www.funcrochet.com/doublefoundationchain.html
The site that I have for the Still > pictures of this being made is NOT in operation !
Even the Lionbrand site > I can't seem to be able to locate the instructions.


This Stitch is used in several of the Lionbrand Patterns with this name >
Base Ch/Sc

Base Ch/Sc
Start with a slip knot, ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through 2 loops – 1 single crochet with its own chain at bottom. Work next stitch under loops of that chain. Insert hook under 2 loops at bottom of the previous stitch, draw up a loop, yo and draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Repeat for length of foundation. Note This stitch creates a foundation with more stretch than usual.