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switching rows from sc to hdc

Posted by: feliciajm (IP Logged)
Date: June 30, 2009 12:00PM

I am trying to do a row of sc's and then a row of hdc's. My work is running diagonal, not straight. Help, please.Thanks.

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Posted by: carolishere (IP Logged)
Date: June 30, 2009 03:49PM

Hi, It sounds like you are dropping stitches. Make sure to count each row and your work will stay straight.

Carol

Posted by: feliciajm (IP Logged)
Date: June 30, 2009 03:58PM

Hi - thanks for the reply - I always have the same number - I must be skipping one at the beginning and adding one at the end - but I can't figure it out.

Posted by: carolishere (IP Logged)
Date: June 30, 2009 08:37PM

If you are doing just that stitch try doing only about 30 or 40 stitches and make a practice swatch.

What does it tell you to do at the end and beginning of the rows? I will try this pattern but I need to know the end and beginning.

Send it over and I will try it.

Carol

Posted by: feliciajm (IP Logged)
Date: June 30, 2009 09:25PM

Hi Carol...

I was just trying to make something up for any easy baby afhgan - no pattern - I guess I should try and find one. Thank you.

Posted by: Liz (IP Logged)
Date: July 01, 2009 09:00AM

If you have the correct number of stitches, your problem must be in the chaining for your turns. The chain at the end of the row allows you to 'step up' to the next row. Think of it as a stair way. If you are doing a single crochet, one chain is required, a half-double crochet requires two chains, a double crochet requires three chains, etc.

Always make those chains adequate to allow the next row to begin without curving or pulling. Some people even change and go up a couple of sizes on their crochet hook to allow for this chain. I'd much rather have a chain that's a little too large than have one pulling or caving in on itself.

If you use a larger chain, your ends will stay straight. Also I do a 'pat' to make the yarn lay flat as I'm crocheting. Just lay the piece on your leg, pat it with your hand, or press it between your hand and leg. That little body heat will help block the row end, and keep it nice and straight. Hope this helps you, God bless.