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Old 03-27-2009 Friday, 09:54 PM
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Why does my crochet curl?

I was learning single crochet today and i have the stitch down but the work was not staying square. It was almost like the first row chain stitch i did was too tight.

So what do i do?

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Old 03-27-2009 Friday, 10:14 PM
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Rip it out and try again! Well, that is what I do...sounds like you are crocheting too tight, but I'm no expert!
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Old 03-27-2009 Friday, 10:51 PM
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well it seems too expand but I am not increasing stitches or anything
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Old 03-27-2009 Friday, 11:43 PM
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When mine would curl, it was because I was doing it too tightly....as I crocheted more and more, my technique became looser, and that kept it from curling. But it's been years since I've even picked up any yarn, so what do I know either?!
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Old 03-27-2009 Friday, 11:43 PM
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Your stitches are too tight. I had this problem when I first started knitting. I don't know much about crochet, just try to relax your grip I guess.
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Old 03-28-2009 Saturday, 08:03 AM
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i would imagine your cast on is too tight too
also when you block your work it will look better. my knitting always curls a little.
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Old 03-28-2009 Saturday, 10:38 AM
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i often have that problem with the chain stitches. i ususally have to do them to where i feel they are WAY too loose and then they are just right.
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Old 03-28-2009 Saturday, 04:53 PM
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Single chains will almost always curl, but you can block it later. Basically, you'll dampen it a little bit, pin it to a towel in the shape it should be and then let it dry.
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Old 03-28-2009 Saturday, 10:07 PM
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try using the next hook size up with the same yarn to get a looser gauge

and my stuff never stays flat on its own; i have to make something big (for weight) or iron it (check your yarn label)
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Old 03-29-2009 Sunday, 09:53 AM
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Newbies often have the problem that their initial chain is tighter than their single crochet, so the first few rows look wonky - the initial chain is tighter & the sc's flare out.

One trick that helps is to do the initial chain with a larger hook and then switch to the smaller hook for the first row. Or, keep practicing until your tension for the chain row works better with your sc tension.
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I started again with a chain too loose and it seems to work really well now. Thanks for the tips.
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