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Old 03-08-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
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I am a horrible crocheter!
I am trying to teach myself to crochet... no classes in immediate area to take. I somehow keep decreasing... What am I doing? I am so frustrated. To top it of, I bought a video, "Crochet Stitches in Motion" from JoAnn's. It's HORRIBLE!! I have learned absolutely nothing from it!
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:58 PM   #2
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The easiest "mistake" to do that is by either forgetting to chain at the turn of row, or missing the last stitch on row before turning.

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Old 03-08-2008, 05:36 PM   #3
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Probably missing the last stitch. That's the problem I've had, especially with HDC, and the problem my great niece has.

I use a marker (safety pin) to make sure I carry that last stitch up.
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Old 03-08-2008, 05:51 PM   #4
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I agree with the others: you're probably not working into that last stitch, because it just does not look like a stitch.
Keep at it and you'll get it eventually. I think I made umpteen triangular washcloths before I figured out which stitch I was overlooking at the end of the row.
Counting your stitches in crochet is helpful, too.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:16 PM   #5
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I agree with the others: you're probably not working into that last stitch, because it just does not look like a stitch.
Keep at it and you'll get it eventually. I think I made umpteen triangular washcloths before I figured out which stitch I was overlooking at the end of the row.
Counting your stitches in crochet is helpful, too.
I think it MUST be the last stitch - I have not forgotten to chain a stitch at the end of the sc. It must just be that the last stitch doesn't look like a stitch to an inexperienced crocheter.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:18 PM   #6
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I know when I was learning I sure came out with soem funky shapes too LOL! My sister always forgot the first chain and skip stitch so added stitches instead of losing them LOL!
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
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your NOT horriable at allllllll .. lol just like the rest of us when we started .. yepperssss its normal really it is ..
it seems either the first stitch of a row or the very last stitch of a row just does NOT appear to be a stitch at all and we all accidently do NOT stitch into it .. so your doing great !!!!!!

and counting the rows as you go does help you really ..

also if ya buy the book : I Taught Myself Crochet ... that will help ya out too, neat book ..
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:46 AM   #8
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For practicing, try using a larger hook than you've got now, go up a couple sizes. That ought to make the sts large enough tha you can see that last one. Also, don't twist it, twist your hook when you turn to work another row, it should look like a chain.
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:40 PM   #9
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Hi,

I taught myself last night the single crochet (sc) and on my first attempt I did find that I missed that last stitch on the row.

I used the basic crochet instructions on www.learntoknit.com combined with some really good videos on www.youtube.com (search for 'askauntesther'). I found the first video great but stopped the second video just before she turned to do the next stitch type, I might brave the third video when I've got a real grip of the first two!

I have so far managed to crochet about 8 rows without decreasing or getting in a muddle.

Just remember it is meant to be relaxing, and it wasn't easy learning to knit but we got there in the end.

Good Luck!!

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Old 03-16-2008, 07:34 PM   #10
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Or you could be accidentaly crocheting in two stitches at once, it happens.
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