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holyhelianthus

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my Mema (grandma) did this for all of us when we were growing up and i love the look and feel. she started to teach me but never finished. my confusion is how the heck to you stop it from bunching? i know you need to 'drop a stitch' or 'turn a stitch' or whatever and i know how to do that. where i am lost is how many times do you do this in regards to how many chains you already have??? i bought a book and am still so confused! can anyone explain this to me as dumbed down as possible? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">

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I have no idea what you have said <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but I'll try to help you. First, though, what book do you have?<br><br>
You start off with a number of chain stitches and go back and work into them, starting with the ones closest to the hook. The pattern you use will specify which one to start in (second from hook, fourth from hook, etc.).<br><br>
When you get to the end of a row, you make a certain number of chain stitches in order to make sure the turning point matches the height of the row. What I mean is, if the next row is a single crocheted row, you'll always chain once to turn. Double crochet always needs three chains to turn. Special stitches will vary with how many you need to turn. The pattern will tell you.<br><br><br>
ETA: This is for blankets worked in rows. When you get to granny squares or round ripple blankets, start afghans, etc. you'll work around the piece instead of side to side.

holyhelianthus

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that actually did help. i also found out that my main issue is that i wasn't counting at all! my bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> thanks so much. i might have more questions. i am trying just to make a very simple blanket to start.

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oh! and the book came with this kit and it's called 'Cozy Crochet'

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I chain at the end of each row, one more chain than the stitch I'm using. So on single crochet stitch I chain 2x on double crochet stitch 3x.

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When you get to the end of a row, you make a certain number of chain stitches in order to make sure the turning point matches the height of the row. What I mean is, if the next row is a single crocheted row, you'll always chain once to turn. Double crochet always needs three chains to turn. Special stitches will vary with how many you need to turn. The pattern will tell you.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I chain at the end of each row, one more chain than the stitch I'm using. So on single crochet stitch I chain 2x on double crochet stitch 3x.</div>
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It's interesting that both of you chain 3 for double, and one of you chain 1 for single and the other chains 2. I've always chained 1 for single, 2 for double and 3 for triple.<br><br>
One of the thhings I love about crochet is that it is very intuitive and you can just do whatever works for you and it comes out great.

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Are you using American or British instructions? I chain one for single, two for halfdouble, three for double and four for triple.

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I have no idea if it's Brit or American, I learned to crochet 25 years ago and I almost always just make stuff as I go, I never use patterns for crochet. Probably why I never make anything complicated like a sweater <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">

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Same here, I never use instructions or patterns I just make stuff up.<br><br>
I do look at lots of patterns but never actually follow any.

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