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Row Gauge Woes

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I’m currently up against my old nemesis...row gauge (height).  I can usually get gauge when it’s just a matter of stitches per inch (width).  This is usually sufficient for any pattern where you just have to crochet “until X inches long”. However, my row height tends to be short.  I’m working on a pattern where I have to crochet diagonal SC squares. Because my rows are too short, they’re coming out more like diamond shapes.  If I go up a hook size, then the stitches per inch (width) is off.  Does anyone have any good tips for making higher rows? 

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I make shortish stitches as well; another solution might be extended SC stitches--they are the same as the foundation SC except you don't stitch into the extra loop later; it just adds a little bit of height (between SC and HDC). 

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There's 2 booklets by a guy named Elmore (Annie' Attic or Leisure Arts maybe). He created a bunch of "in between" stitches. Granny Square's idea sounds like one of his. If I can find my books I can check it out. But it sounds like a good idea. Try it and see how it goes. Good Luck.

Ellie 13

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