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Forums > Tips and Sharing: New Crocheters' & Knitters
Re: Too Loose!!!
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: February 02, 2009 01:20PM

Your pattern should have gauge instructions (so many stitches/rows equal so many inches). Since you know that an I hook is going to produce a fabric that is too large, make a gauge swatch starting with the I hook for the foundation chain (make it about six inches long) and drop down a couple of hook sizes to work the rest of a swatch until it is about 6 inches in length. Compare your gauge to the pattern instructions. If the fabric is working out to gauge and your edge is still curving, work the chain a little looser or go up one more hook size. If you are comfortable and your fabric is working to gauge and it looks good don't worry about adjusting your hands. If it looks uneven and/or sloppy, then work on more control. You may find that the simple act of working with a smaller hook itself will train your hands toward a bit more tension.

I am a very tight crocheter. I automatically go up two sizes when I work a swatch. Sometimes I have to go up three sizes. The work is always even and I'm comfortable. Hook sizes are, as craftsman says, suggested according to what works for most people - not necessarily for what will work for you.

Never neglect the swatch. It can save you hours of work in the long run.

Subject Written By Posted
  Too Loose!!! raygur 02/02/2009 06:45AM
  Re: Too Loose!!! craftsman 02/02/2009 07:59AM
  Re: Too Loose!!! raygur 02/02/2009 08:27AM
  Re: Too Loose!!! Alex 02/02/2009 01:20PM
  Re: Too Loose!!! raygur 02/02/2009 02:11PM

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