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[Crochet] My scarf gets skinny!

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Post time: 2015-8-4 11:58
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Hi everybody
I'm learning to crochet,  but my projects keep getting skinny as I go, my friend/teacher said to ad a couple of Chain stitches at the end of each row, even so, my scarf still got skinny. Any suggestions?

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Post time: 2015-8-7 23:00
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Hi GirafitaEnChile...........
A few basic tips that will hopefully help you..............

1) Stitch markers............. - Stitches usually get lost at the beginning or end of the row. This happens if you miss the last stitch in your row (which is easy to do because it folds over a bit onto the edge of the work). To help remedy this, I place a stitch marker in the first stitch of every row to remind me that this is the last stitch of the next row. Remove the marker before working that stitch, and put it in the first stitch of the following row..... and so on. (see Tip 3 for double crochet; see Tip 4 for single crochet)

2) ALWAYS count your stitches after every row...............

3) Double crochet - the turning chain (chain 3 at the beginning of every row) normally counts as a stitch...................(Read your pattern carefully -  it will tell you if it does or does not). If it does, and you forget to stitch into your turning chain at the end of the next row, you will end up losing a stitch and end up with skinny work!!  So, as a reminder................., use a stitch marker to mark the 3rd chain of your turning chain so you know where your last stitch of the next row should go.( This is similar to placing a marker in the first stitch of your row, as mentioned in TIP 1)

4) Single Crochet -   you can lose a stitch by missing the first stitch in your row. In single crochet, your turning chain (chain 1 at the beginning of each row) typically does not count as a stitch. After you chain 1, you will single crochet into the last stitch you made on the previous row which, by now, you will have learnt to put a stitch marker in so that you know where to make your first stitch...............!!!

Crochet patterns vary tremendously. Always follow the instructions carefully as you work, especially as a beginner.................... Whether or not your turning chain counts as a stitch is important so, marking the first stitch (either the turning chain or your first actual stitch) is always a big help! Also, by counting your stitches after every row, yes I know it's a pain, but it will help you crochet a rectangle rather than an elongated triangle.
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Post time: 2015-9-2 04:49
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LucyLocket great tips.
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Post time: 2016-2-26 23:50
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I just taught myself to crochet and I did the same thing, LOL.  You are not knitting the last stitch.  Put stitch markers on both ends so you know where your last stitch is.
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Post time: 2016-9-27 03:28
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gracias, muy practico
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Post time: 2017-5-9 11:00
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LuckyLocket's post is perfect! I had this problem with my first time crocheting. It's easy to do when you aren't used to seeing the structure of the stitches. There are some good color coded pics out there of the parts of a stitch, it really helps to see.
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Post time: 2018-10-20 04:22
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good luck!
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Post time: 2020-12-14 14:23
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I used to do this too - always missed the last stich. Counting them after each row will help for sure.
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