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04 February 2009 @ 07:04 pm
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I am making a cozy for my gps system. I'm a pretty novice crocheter. I taught myself to crochet with some help from my great-grandmother over Xmas. My problem is that the edges of all my peices look messy. How do I keep the edges looking neat?

Here are a few pics of some stuff I've made so far!

A washcloth for my sister.

A scarf for me!
Klinks: fish!mandibug on February 5th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Congratulations on finishing a scarf so quickly! It took me forever to do that when I first started crocheting...
Looking at your square though, there are a few possibilities for wobbly edges.
From what I can tell from the large picture, it seems you're dropping and then picking up stitches on the ends every couple of rows. I did that all the time when I first started, it's just something that practice fixes. I think the best suggestion for helping that is to count your stitches every row. "I know I need 25. So if I get to 24 and it looks like I should flip my work, make one more."
My second gander is you haven't quite developed your sense of tension yet, so some rows are tight and others loose. Another thing that just smoothes itself out with practice. Your yarn looks to be pretty much of the same weight, but that's another thing to look out for with any project- gauge.
If you start with a thin yarn then switch to thick then back to thin in the same project your gauge is going to be all over the place. You'll have to increase or decrease strategically to keep stuff square.

You're off to a great start though! These things can all be easily fixed/avoided. :)
Crochet is reasonably stretchy, and if you're going to sew the the sides up into a rectangle it's not going to be a huge deal. It'll pretty much work itself out with some 'creative' alignment of stitches.
Hollyblueloo123 on February 5th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
actually the washcloth is one yarn, sugar&cream stripes americana. but thanks for the tip. i don't think i am dropping stitches, but i wouldn't know how to if i wanted to so i could have been...
Outside the door, she took four more.: [Misc] Crochet Pirateheyt on February 5th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Sometimes edges just don't want to behave. What I was taught to do was to sort of go around the edges in single crochet making a sort of impromptu border.