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#1 of 4 Old 12-01-2007, 06:00 PM - Thread Starter
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I am an experienced knitter but have been trying to grasp crocheting. I want to crochet a scarf, but as I work along, I either end up decreasing inadvertedly or increasing. So my scaft looks like 2 triangles stuck together - it's thick on the ends and gets skinnier as it moves into the middle.

I'm doing double crochet and I'm obviously either not chaining enough at the start of a row, or starting my row in the wrong stitch. Can anyone show me a detailed diagram or anything that can help me figure out what I'm doing wrong? MIL very much wants a scarf for Christmas and I don't have the time to knit her one, so crochet is the only way I'm going to be able to get it done. :
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Here's a helpful tutorial on dc: I've pulled the following quote to address what I think the issues might be:

"Note also that before doing the next double crochet row, you should chain 3 so all your stitches will be at the same height. This turning chain (tch) counts as the first dc for the next row. This is why when you start that next row, you go into the 2nd stitch.

Note: Some people only need to chain 2 to get the needed height. You will have to see what works best for you."

At about 2:45 in this video, she demonstrates how you'd work the first stitch of a second row of dc:

I think you are inadvertently increasing by making a dc in the first stitch of the next row. Hope this helps some.

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Oh thank you!! That first link was EXACTLY what I needed. At first (when I was decreasing inadvertently) I wasn't doing the very last stitch. Then when I started increasing, I was doing the last stitch but also doing the first stitch into the 1st ch rather than the second. Now it makes sense
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I used to have this issue too. I wish I had come across that link about 6 months ago! Some books' graphics just don't cut it.
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