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Not Working out So Well...

I'm working on teaching myself how to crochet. I did really well with making the chain stitch, but apparently I can't seem to do the rest of it right.
After easily figuring out the chain stitch I decided to make a project right away. I think it must have been a bad idea. Peanut wanted a pink scarf, so I got busy.



My first attempt looked rather awkward and knotted looking with lots of waves in it. I asked around the teacher's lounge and found someone who knows how to do basic knitting. She told me that it was looking like that because I wasn't wrapping the yarn from the same direction onto the hook each time. It got rather short and ended up looking like a collar. I guess that's what it will end up being. It should be perfect for one of Peanut's shirts.



My second attempt was also sad looking. Not so knotty, but still short. This time I asked around the 6th grade classroom I was in that day. One of the girls told me that it was because I was pulling the yarn too tight. It was the perfect size to make a headband for Peanut and it will match perfectly with that collar I just made.



The third one I made I stopped trying for the scarf and tried to make a square instead. That ended up looking like a C. I must have done something else wrong with this, but the accidental C looked rather nice so I decided it would be a cute decoration on the shirt that it getting a new collar.



I was running rather short on pink yarn by this point so I switched to this beautiful kelly green.

I thought that I finally got it figured out and attempted another scarf. This one looks very nice except for the fact that it got so darn short. I must be pulling it too tight again, but I can't seem to get it any looser. Any suggestions?

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave me a message. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Cindy

7 comments:

Nola @ the Alamo said...

You just gotta keep practicing, soon you'll get the hang of it and your tension will be even. Ya just gotta "get the feel of it". Pretty soon you'll be whipping out beautiful scarves, left and right...

cindee said...

Oh you have made great progress!!! See you just have to keep at it and soon you will be a pro(-: I know my Grandma knitted and Crocheted for years. I think you should keep doing it!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh you will get onto it Cindy, It takes awhile. Keep your first starting chain stitches a little bigger or loser and then when you add in your other stitches it will not curve on you. Keeping your stitches the same tension as you go comes with practice. I have ripped out more stitches when I was learning. :) I think you are doing great for just a beginner.

Syl said...

The trick for me was to allow the yarn to be far looser than I ever thought it should be. That seemed to work. I did the same thing before that.

It might be an indication of inner tension...

dawn said...

Lol, that's projects, they end up grander than what we intended. The biggest thing for me was to not think to hard about it, let it flow with the repeat pattern, no hard thinking.
Nice background!

lola said...

I agree---keep practicing. If I were close by I would love to show you how. I taught myself how to crochet. This was after I had learned to knit. I like to crochet better. It goes much faster.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Good luck with your little adventure, I could never crochet either but practice makes perfect :)