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Posted by on 1/16/2014 to Crochet Tutorials

Changing yarn colors or starting a new ball or skein of yarn

If you are simply joining a new ball or skein of yarn in the same color, it's best to do it at the beginning of a row because it is easier to hide the tail of the yarn. Simply wrap the new yarn around the hook and draw up a loop and continue crocheting. Leave a 6" long tail of yarn to, tie a loose knot to hold the yarn in place. When you complete your project, untie the knot and weave in the ends. This also applies when you have to change yarn in the middle of a row.

When a pattern says to change colors, it is made this way: Work the last stitch to final two loops on the hook, draw up a loop with the new color and complete the stitch.

If you are following a color chart or crocheting a multicolor pattern, yarn can be carried along the back of the work if the repeat is fairly close together. If yarn is carried more than 3 or 4 stitches, carried yarn should be caught into the work every 2 or 3 stitches.

Extra stitches — where did they come from

Most errors occur at the beginning and end of a row. Check the directions. For single crochet, work the first stitch in the row in the first stitch of the row below. Work the last stitch in the last stitch of the single crochet in the row below. For double crochet, work the first stitch in the second stitch of the row below. Work the last stitch in the turn chain. At the end of each row count stitches to be sure it is the number required.

Extra stitches can result when two stitches are made in one, which is particularly easy to do with textured yarns because it is harder to see the actual stitch.

Missing some stitches — where did they go

If your crocheting keeps getting narrower, it means you are not crocheting into every stitch in a row. Remember, for single crochet, work the first stitch in the row in the first stitch of the row below. Work the last stitch in the last stitch of the single crochet in the row below. For double crochet, work the first stitch in the second stitch of the row below. Work the last stitch in the turn chain. Count stitches frequently.

It is also easy to miss a stitch within a row, especially when using a textured yarn where it is harder to see the actual stitch.

Uneven edges

Usually crooked edges are the result of adding extra or skipping stitches. Most frequently, this happens at the end of a row, which is why it's helpful to regularly count your stitches.

If you find you have added or subtracted a stitch try to go back and see where you made the mistake. If it's in the row you are crocheting, simply rip back and correct it. If it was made several rows below, then you have to make a choice-rip back to the point, add or subtract a stitch on the current row or if it is not critical to the design of your project, just continue.

Working single crochet around the edge of a finished garment gives a smooth look.

Weaving in Yarn Ends

 At the completion of a project, weaving in any yarn ends is necessary for neatness and to prolong wear. With the wrong side facing, thread a blunt-pointed needle with the end of the yarn. Carefully weave the needle along the back of the stitches about 2 to 3 inches on a diagonal, gently pulling the yarn end. Weave the other yarn end in the opposite direction. When finished, gently stretch the fabric in all directions so the fabric does not pull. Trim excess yarn ends.

If you have a question . . . feel free to ask us.  We are always here to help in any way we can.

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7 Comments

Bridget Chulski
Date: 10/27/2015
I am having difficulty understanding the One Fish Two Fish afghan pattern.On the first row after chaining 451 stitches. I chained an extra 3 chains, then I did a DC in the 5th chain. This is where I get mixed up. Am I suppose to ch 3 again and then 2 DC? Do you have a tutorial for this pattern?
Cuddle Up Creations
Date: 10/27/2015
Hi Bridget, I am going to send you an email with a tutorial for the filet stitch. When making the afghan you will have no open stitches - it sounds like this is were your are getting confused.
Flor Berrios
Date: 2/8/2016
would like paypal as option for payment. Can't wait to get the Frozen patterns from you.
Raquel
Date: 9/18/2016
Hi, I recently purchased the Cat in the Hat pattern, and I find myself having problems understanding the filet technique with pattern. From a previous post, I see that there are no open stitches, but I still don't think I have the technique down. If possible, may I also have a tutorial on the filet stitch emailed to me? I want to make sure I'm doing it correctly. Thank you
Cuddle Up Creations
Date: 9/18/2016
Hi Raquel, Here is a great tutorial for the filet stitch. Remember when making the picture afghans you have NO open stitches. This stitch with worsted weight yarn will also make a large afghan so make sure that is what you want. Most people will use the single crochet stitch or the Tunisian (afghan stitch) to make the afghans - but it is your choice. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TliBhJWBcmI Thanks so much
Raquel
Date: 9/26/2016
Thank you!
mable page
Date: 4/9/2017
can we pay with pay pal don't like placing my card NUM. on line

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