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Arching single crochet project


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I am a VERY new crochet lover. I am crocheting just a flat single crochet project to use as a throw. For some reason after about 15 rows it starts to arch. I will end up with a rainbow.....help!

 

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Welcome to the ville!

Something that happens to a LOT of new crocheters is that they err in keeping a constant stitch count when working on a blanket (most commonly, or anything worked back and forth).

Where are you - did you know that crochet stitch names differ in the UK versus the US?  Rather, that the same words mean different stitches, which is confusing.  I'm going to use US terms--I will translate to UK if necessary.

Mostly per the threads here I think it's due to erring at the end of rows due to not understanding how to handle a turning chain.

SC - turning chain is 1, conventionally does not count as a stitch.  You don't stitch into it at the end of the row.

DC - turning chain is (typically) 3, conventionally counts as a stitch.  Normally after a row of DC, you turn, chain 3, skip the first stitch of the next row (because the chain-3 is functionally 'in' that first stitch, and proceed to the end (if you fail to skip the first real stitch, you will have created an increase).  At the end of the row, place the last stitch into the top chain of the turning chain of the prior row  (if you fail to stitch into the turning chain, you will have created a decrease)

Taller stitches (trebles etc.) are treated like DC, except the turning chain is taller.

HDC is a little flighty, sometimes the turning chain is 1, sometimes 2, and sometimes it counts as a stitch and sometimes it doesn't - a well written pattern will tell you.

One way to check to see if you are gaining or losing stitches - pick a stitch on the first row, a few stitches from the edge, and trace the line of stitches made into that stitch up a few rows.  Let's say that stitch was 5 stitches from the edge - if a few rows up that traced line 'falls off the edge', you are losing stitches on that side.  If a few rows up, the line of stitches ends up being more than 5 stitches from the edge, you are gaining stitches on that edge.  "arching" sounds like you are gaining stitches.

 

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How many stitches are in your first row?  How many stitches are in your current row?  Its very important to count your stitches.  Better to count at end of each row rather than having to pull out several rows to fix it.   If your stitch count is the same then your tension has gotten looser.  

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