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Unintentional rippling with correct number of stitches.

I'm having an issue with the blanket I am crocheting. It keeps getting wider and wider, and it is rippling. I was having this problem before and it turned out that I was indeed dropping stitches. Now, as suggested, I count all of the stitches. Every row has 180 stitches. I am using dc, cdt, dt, sc and qt. The tension is not changing (I don't think). It's long but please keep reading, please.

I don't have anyone who can show me what I'm doing. I do know that I am doing my stitches correctly and consistently, my stitch count is consistent for every row (even the wider ones).

This piece is getting wider. It gets a tiny bit wider and stays even with the edges for a few rows - a "new edge" - then after those few rows it will get wider on one row, have a "new edge" and maintain that for a few rows. Ironically the qt, has always been even with the previous rows and not made an increase (after I started counting that is, this was the problem row before I started counting), in the width. Currently the dt and cdt rows seem to be causing the problem (and yes, they all have 180 stitches as well as all the others) The foundation chain is the skinniest part, the rows above it go out about 1/4 - 1/2 of an inch, and maintain for about 15 rows, then I get to one of these problem rows (which were also in the 15 rows that maintained width), then I would get a tiny increase to the edge, about half an inch, then the edge would be maintained for a while, then another 1/2 - 1 inch, and now there's a ripple (that I didn't intend) and if I lay it out it's about 3 - 5 inches wider than the first few rows - I'm not counting the foundation chain, I'm hoping that this thing will stop getting too wide and I will be able to block that in.

The yarn texture seems to be getting thinner every time I have to reuse it - I guess undoing and redoing takes it's toll on yarn - but I have not switched balls yet, I have used the same one throughout the previous description. I would say I have about 7 or 8 inches of height now - maybe more, I can't find my measuring tape. I will be switching to a different balll of yarn which has a thicker texture (I had to buy it at a different time, it's the same yarn just a different dye lot, which apparently affects thickness of the yarn) and I just know that is going to be a HUGE problem if I can't figure out what is going wrong and fix it now. I bought it seperately because what I had was not enough.

I do not know what's going on but it's driving me to give up crochet because every time I undo rows and rows of crochet, only to redo them over and over just to have to undo them over and over and over again. This is just so disheartening and crocheting is no longer fun for me. I feel like I will never be able to figure it out and I may as well give up since I have no one who can show me.

If someone could help that would be great. Then maybe I'd actually be able to figure out what is going wrong. Because I can tell you, figuring it out on my own, or going to the local yarn store where they're mean is not working, and I can't crochet a piece for a christmas present if it's going to look like a one year old did it (okay, a one year old could do it better than me). Please help. Even counting the stitches is not working (as a few ppl on this board recommend) and I am out of ideas.

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I know that others disagree, but many, many crocheters, myself included always use a larger hook to crochet the foundation chain for just this reason. I use a hook two sizes larger for every project. I crochet rather tightly and also use a hook two sizes larger for the body of the work. That means that I usually use a hook four sizes larger than the one called for in the pattern to make the foundation chain. Many people don't have that great a stretch, but it works for me, and if you are working to gauge with one particular sized hook, try going up two hook sizes for your foundation.

I don't like making a loose foundation chain with the same hook because it always looks sloppy. I much prefer to work a neat, somewhat tight foundation and then move on to a smaller hook for the rest of the fabric.

Now, another problem arises with tall stitches. Look at your hook and you will notice that the stitch can spread as it climbs up the shaft. Tall stitches can spread even more with each yarn-over. A double-treble, for instance has the potential to spread tremendously if you don't keep each move under control. Try to keep each wrap down toward the hook and watch each pull-through closely as you do it.

Work a swatch of your tallest stitches and see if using a larger-hook foundation and pushing your wraps toward the hook makes a difference.

You mentioned that it appears that your edges are even for a few rows and then they get wavy, or move in. It may be that you are not starting a row in the correct spot so that everything shifts over with that row even though you are keeping your stitch count event. When working with different kinds of stitches, it can sometimes get a little challenging to determine if you are beginning your row in the correct location.

What I suggest is figure out your stitch multiple -- the number of stitches you need to work your pattern. Then make a swatch that is 3-4 multiples of your stitch pattern wide and work on this swatch for a few inches to see if you continue to have this problem. Focus on where you both begin and end each row, as well as the number of stitches you have after you complete each row. You may want to use open stitch markers or even safety pins to hook into your stitches every 10 rows, or at the end of each pattern repeat, so that you do not need to go back to the very beginning of your row each time to count stitches.

Working it out with a swatch will means a lot less ripping back than trying to work this out with your entire blanket.

Thank you for your suggestions (and for reading the book I wrote) I will keep them in mind. :)

You may want to use open stitch markers or even safety pins to hook into your stitches every 10 rows, or at the end of each pattern repeat, so that you do not need to go back to the very beginning of your row each time to count stitches. club penguin cheats

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