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How to Crochet Straight Edges

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How to Crochet Straight EdgesMost crochet novices and beginners struggle with keeping their crochet edgings straight when working up patterns. In fact, many crocheters struggle with straight edges as they work. It's not uncommon, but it is supremely frustrating. Fear not - there is a way to learn how to crochet with straight edges, and it's really not that interesting. It just takes a bit of time and some willingness to slow down a little while working to make it happen. It makes such a difference when your edges are straight, in both how your finished pieces look and how they fit, if you're working on clothing pieces.

Pay attention to the crochet pattern - The most important thing to do while working on a crochet pattern is to pay attention to the directions. Most times, the pattern designer will note how turns should be handled. Follow the directions to keep your edges straight. As you'll notice while working, there are common and traditional turning methods referenced throughout patterns. Just make sure to pay attention to the directions and chain the number of stitches noted in the pattern to make your edges straight.

The most common turning method requires you to skip the first hole (also known as the base of the turning chain) and start working across from the second hole. In this crochet technique, the turning chain is counted as your first stitch of the row. When you get to the end of the row, work the final stitch into the top chain of the turning chain in the row below. This method of turning your crochet patterns in progress always results in straight edges... but, be warned, it does leave some gaps at the beginning of each row. They are small and can be worked into the design, but they can be a bit distracting if you're working on something that doesn't call for more open crochet stitches.

Count your crochet stitches - The second most important thing to do while working on following a crochet pattern is to make sure you count the number of stitches you're making in each row. It may seem tedious and silly, but trust me, it's easy to miss a stitch at the beginning or end of a row because it didn't look like something workable. If you're careful as you work and make sure to count your crochet stitches, you'll end up with an even number of stitches across the rows. Otherwise, you might not notice until you've worked far too many rows, at which points it's honestly heartbreaking to go through and rip out the mis-counted rows.

Keep you tension steady - As a quick and handy crochet tip, keep your tension consistent as you work. Don't suddenly try and overcompensate for a previous row by making your stitches tighter or looser.

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This is something every beginner should read because it is very important tips. I have done this many many times and after a few rows it can really become a problem. It is very important to pay attention to the stitches you do and count them or else you will end up with ends being to wide. Imagine by miscounting the rows or adding or skipping stitches you will end up with rows getting too wide as you go up or going way in. That will be a disaster. So slow down and count and pay attention to pattern.

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