Originally Posted by Nenwing
MGM, yeah I think that is where I went wrong, I didn't realize the chain (for the triple crochet) was a stitch in itself so I don't think I counted it, so my work quickly widened from 20 stitches to about 27! Yikes! Lol!
Is there a way to make tighter neater triple crochet stitches without it looking like a holey gaping mess?
Well, not really since the point of triple crochet is to have very tall stitches so naturally there will be space between them. To get a fuller look with triple crochet, you could try using bigger yarn or a smaller hook. That is true for any stitch as well. You don't have to use the size hook recommended for the yarn. It all depends on what look you are after.
Just keep in mind that some items will require you to work to a particular gauge, so changing hook size or yarn size might not work out. But for something like a scarf or an afghan where gauge is not important, you can successfully change hook or yarn size to achieve the desired result. Play around with different combinations of hook size and yarn size and see what you like.